Young Iowan's Unemployment Rate More Than Doubles State’s
By Forrest Saunders, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – New numbers from Washington advocacy group Young Invincibles show unemployment rates for young Iowans more than double the state’s overall rate.
The group estimates the unemployment rate for those in Iowa aged 16 to 24, is 11.2%. That’s more than two times Iowa’s statewide rate of 4.8% for July. Young Invincibles also said average income for young adults 25 to 34 has dropped more than $1,000 from 2005 to 2011.
Kirkwood student Madison Adams knows exactly where she’ll be in the next few years. “I’m doing my liberal arts here. Then I’m planning on going to UNI to major in speech pathology,” said Adams.
But beyond that, her confidence wavers. She, like many college students, is a little concerned about finding a job after graduation. “I’m not really sure at the moment. I don’t see anything getting better. But, you know, I’m an American. We got to have faith,” she said.
Job specialists at Kirkwood Community College blame it on the recession, saying it threw experienced workers back into the job market to compete against youth.
“Well, it does concern me a little bit,” said Kirkwood Career Services Coordinator Danielle Ebaugh.
Ebaugh said youth are losing that battle in job interviews. She said they don’t know what to highlight and lack soft skills. “Things such as time management skills, time management skills, how to work effectively within a team,” Ebaugh said.
To fight back, she recommended students get internships for a taste of the real world, and to network at events like job fairs. “A big statistic now, about 65 to 85 percent of those that do find jobs or opportunities-- it is through networking and through who they know,” said Ebaugh.
Adams just hopes her work ethic shows through. “Well, I know that there is going to be a lot of people that have a lot more knowledge than myself, but I’ll be the one working hard for it,” she said.
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