Pasadena, CA, May 23, 2011 – Graduation ceremonies across the country’s high schools and colleges are being conducted in pomp but accompanied by economic uncertainty.
New graduates face competition from earlier graduates of the last two years and a slow economic recovery. A local media report from the San Diego State University’s graduation ceremony showed most graduates were still looking for jobs or moving to other states for work.
The New York Times has recently carried a story which states that 22.4% of the 2009 college graduates are unemployed and another 22% are in jobs that do not require a college degree. Further analysis by the New York Times of 25 to 34 year old college graduates employment data shows that there a considerable increase of them working in food service, bars, and restaurants.
This means that the 2011 graduates will be facing stiff competition for entry level jobs from the 2009 and 2010 graduates. Many small companies, specially small and mid-sized businesses, do not even advertise on traditional job boards or visit college job fairs far from their location. They prefer to advertise directly on their job boards.
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