A Question About Unemployment

I’d like to ask something very simple. Everyone knows unemployment in most sectors of the economy is rising.

What about higher education? Is anyone in higher education losing their job because of the economic downturn? I’m talking about professors, not the rank and file.

On the Chronicle of Higher Education website, it looks like academia is hiring:

1992 faculty positions, 802 administrative positions, 126 executive positions, and 81 positions “outside academe.” So it doesn’t look like anyone in academe is particularly worried about finding a job.

It’s almost as though higher education in America exists in a world completely unto itself. I leave the thread open for comments and criticism.