Stephen Defilippis, a 43-year old civil engineer from New Orleans, said he can’t find open jobs in his field or experience level, only for senior engineers or engineer interns. Now he’s working a new job for less pay.

“Like the last recession, we are expected to downgrade our salaries and our careers because the colleges are churning out plenty of graduates that will work for less,” he told NBC News in an email. “Many of the jobs popping up don’t usually match the skill set of those who lost their jobs. It looks like many companies decided to streamline using the pandemic as an excuse,” he said.

“I have been applying all over the country on a regular basis so much that I am running out of jobs to apply for.”

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