The Class of 2023 enters the workforce

May 30, 2023
As the job market starts to cool, young grads are learning the ropes.
Zoe Bennett graduated from the University of Alabama in May, and will be starting a new job as an environmental engineer in June.
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The class of 2023 is graduating into a challenging job market

Apr 5, 2023
The jobless rate for young workers has jumped since late 2021 and loan repayment is back on the table. Soon-to-be grads are scrambling.
New grads are entering a tougher hiring environment than last year's class. "There are jobs," says Wall Street Journal reporter Lindsay Ellis, but "it is a longer journey than many soon-to-be college grads would like."
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Graduating into this mess stinks

May 14, 2020
Recession grads make less money, and it takes 10 to 15 years to catch up in terms of income.
Graduation will be different this year.
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For the Class of 2019: more job offers, flat pay

May 27, 2019
The tight labor market means new college grads have leverage in the job market. But that's not translating to significantly higher pay.
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High school graduation rates up, but there’s more than math to those numbers

Jun 5, 2018
A study out from Johns Hopkins University tells us that at 84 percent, high school graduation rates are officially at an all-time high. That’s good news right? Maybe not, because increasing numbers of those high school grads arrive at college needing remedial courses. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

The best advice for college students unlucky enough to graduate into a recession: Be flexible

May 24, 2018
While studies suggest recession graduates tend to fall behind their nonrecession peers in terms of salary and don’t catch up for 10 to 20 years, there are ways to catch up more quickly and make up the gap.
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How good is it for the class of 2018?

May 23, 2018
This year's college graduates enter one of the best job markets since the Great Recession.
Saul Rivera has just graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a degree in astronomy. He's been applying for entry-level jobs at planetariums, museums and observatories around the country.
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Even in a robust economy, all college graduates are not equal

May 23, 2018
It's a good job market for the class of 2018, but not everyone with a B.A. is likely to fare well economically.
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Why a college degree has become more important after the Great Recession, not less

May 22, 2018
Public funding for higher ed may be getting scarcer, but a college degree is only getting more valuable.
US President Barack Obama (C) stands with ASU President Michael Crow (L) during the Arizona State University commencement ceremony at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona May 13, 2009.  
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