Job market looking up for the class of 2014 - Tucson News Now

Job market looking up for the class of 2014

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new report shows college grads are having a tougher time in the job market this year. A group called, After College, surveyed students graduating from college this year.
Here's what they found:

About 83 percent said they didn't have a job lined up, that was as of last month.  Nearly 73 percent aid they've been actively looking for one.  Last year, that number was a little lower, but still pretty high at 80 percent.

However, experts at the University of Arizona's Career Services tell us it looks like the job market is improving for college graduates.  More than 7,600 students make up U of A's class of 2014.  Early numbers show that 53 percent of UA undergrads already have a job lined up after graduation, an increase from 49 percent from last year.

UA is also seeing an increase this year of students saying graduate school is their next move. While it's hard to break it down to numbers, big portion of grads stay in Tucson or Phoenix, many also head out of state for that first big job.

Some graduating students we spoke to today are still looking for a job, but they say opportunities are definitely growing.

Andrew Moore says, "I'm a little nervous searching for job. I don't have a job lined up."

Rachel Kahn is also in the same boat.  She says, "Honestly I always thought there were less jobs, but all my friends are leaving with jobs. So it's kind of making me more nervous."

Eileen McGarry, Director of Career Services at UA says, "I think it's a little healthier than in the past, but it's still a very competitive. We really promote what students need to do to get ready for the real word to be marketable in their fields."

UA has just launched a new alumni services to help grads find that first big job. Click here for the full report from After College.

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