When chased by a mountain lion manage to run faster than the guy next to you

If you find yourself unemployed after graduation, it is not because of the down economy.  It is because you were not "ready" when compared to others.  Get ready. Just getting a degree may not be sufficient. Find out what the trends are in the market place and what you are lacking.  All the information is at your finger tips via the internet.  Then prepare to compete in a specific category of jobs.  There are jobs out there.  Aim to hit the ground running for your employee.  Get experience as a freelancer or a volunteer in your chosen job type.  Do not just present yourself as generic labor force.  A combination of experiences can make you stand out.  Get that experience under your belt.