Actually, the worse the economy tanks, the better the education industry is, has been my experience. As folks lose their jobs and can’t immediately find another one, they often go back to school to re-up their job skills, improve their qualifications, or even study for an entirely new career. That’s what my parents did when my father retired from the Navy and couldn’t find a job immediately and when my mother got laid off, after thirteen years working for a hospital cafeteria.
Since I work in the community colleges in the aforementioned Sun Belt, this phenomenon is even more pronounced.
Job security, yo!