Soaring unemployment numbers during COVID-19 pandemic add to challenges faced by recent graduates

As unemployment numbers continue to rise across the country and in Arizona, it also means a tough time for jobseekers, especially for those entering the workforce after completing their education.

"We are probably already on our way to a 10% unemployment rate," said Karen Stafford, President of the Employers Council in Arizona.

Stafford says the main jobs she is seeing on the market are groceries, health care, logistics, and distribution. Even if that is not your dream job, Stafford says it is worth considering, in order to gain skills.

"It may not be an ideal position, but it does show you can dive in be a part of economic recovery by getting a position," said Stafford. "You may find out it’s a great organization. You can move up within it when the economy starts to rebound."

Some organizations are looking for ways to make it easier for college graduates. On top of transferring thousands of classes to a virtual experience. the Maricopa County Community College District is connecting the students and the public with jobs right now.

"We have partnered with the city and county, talking with leadership to ensure we can connect those students into job opportunities, and shortcut the ability for people who are seeking employment," said Darcy Renfro, Chief Workforce and Economic Development Officer for the Maricopa County Community College District.

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