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Job Prospects Aren’t Too Bright for Recent College Graduates

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 17 Dec 2010 07:27am | comments

Students graduating from college this fall are entering perhaps the toughest, most uncertain job market in generations. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports on the frustrations and fears recent graduates face as they set out in search of work.

Many companies are expected to hire fewer college graduates than they have in decades.
But that's not a deterrent for 30 year old Natausha Hill who recently graduated with a Business degree from Hinds Community College.

"I'm a single mother and I just felt like the best way for me to provide for my children is to have a degree under my belt."

Hill joins thousands of other college graduates throughout the state many of whom will be applying for the same jobs. Aspiring social worker, Rocharlenia Anderson is one of them.

"You know I'm gonna push myself to the max you know to get to where I wanna be. So I'm not gonna let that hold me back from doing what I need to do. It's not gonna stop me."

"It's a hard time to be looking for a job."

That's Senior Economist, Dr, Marianne Hill. She says even though the economy is starting to show improvement finding a job is still difficult especially without a college degree

"I have some numbers that show that if you have a bachelors degree the unemployment rate is 5.1% and if don't have a high school diploma it's 15.7% so that's a huge difference."

Hill predicts that over the coming months hiring will increase in Mississippi's medical and manufacturing fields as well as computer and engineering. But she says another trend for new graduates is entrepreneurship.

"You can perhaps have a good idea, you might find some backers for your product. and go into business for yourself. Also if you are a creative individual that's where job growth is gonna be most rapid in technology related fields."

The theory of entrepreneurship is one that registers strongly with Natausha Hill.

"The economy is so bad now and the people that are making money, people that have money now are the people who have their own businesses. And so I feel like that's the only way to go for me cause I don't wanna just be living day to day, pay check to paycheck."
Recent job market surveys show that things could get better in 2011. That's when nearly half of the employers surveyed said they expect to increase the number of college graduates they hire. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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