I feel ya on the general ****tiness
if its any consolation, the sector that I'm getting my degree in is totally state funded and there is a recruitment freeze that's indefinite at the moment, so literally, NO JOBS. There's only charitable organisations but they pay **** to an extent that I'd almost prefer the dole. Just my husband working is not cutting it (AND he couldn't get a job for what he graduated in either, which is well doubley bollocks)
As for the oil business, I'd like to say its partly China's fault. Their demand for it is higher than ever with their factories booming, foreign companies can't meet the demand high enough and therefore drive prices up. MY two cents theory but feel free to correct me.