In the long-term I think we can expect the job market to be as good as it was. However, economists are predicting US unemployment to be above 10% and rising for the next two years
. With things that bad in the general workforce, I don't think actuarial work is going to look much different.
A lot of people are saying the bleak jobs outlook means people should consider another profession. I think that's crap, though: what field is experiencing low unemployment and high demand right now? Mining operations in Montana, from what I hear, and that's about it. No thanks. We've got to just hang in there, keep racking up exams so that when the economy bounces back, we're in a good position to get the jobs that come along.
However, I'd say: take heart, and count your blessings. Everybody's circumstances are different, but if your fridge is full and your bills are all paid, your life is good, and you really have nothing to complain about.