Unemployment & Young Workers

by Laura Ellis on March 9, 2011

STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/09/11:  Teen unemployment reached almost 26% in January. New college graduates face daunting competition to secure even low-wage, temporary jobs; finding employment related to their desired career is even more challenging. 16-24 year olds have been hit hard by the economic crash. Not only are jobs scarce, but many Baby Boomers aren’t retiring when expected. So what options exist for Kentucky’s young people? How can they gain experience, additional education, and a paycheck? How do they avoid the emotional toll of long term unemployment? We sit down with our guests to explore the causes and possible solutions for unemployment among young workers in the Commonwealth.

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Samuel Pennington March 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I would like to comment on your interesting discussion about job hunting for recent college graduates. I am a recent college graduate myself and I’ve found that the only way for me to really put myself into a career path that is interesting to me and utilizes my degree is to volunteer my time to employers. I find that employers are frequently more than willing to take on free labor and it’s the only experience I can get without having attended graduate school. I am hoping to volunteer at a speech rehab center so that I might build experience to get a job in that field one day.

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