Brandon on GPB – Why Young College Grads Can’t Find Work

If you have a “5” in front of your age, our Working guy says you’re in trouble when it comes time to find a job.

An avalanche of data is starting to show that having a “1” or a “2” in front of your age might not be so great either.

Nearly 21 percent of young people aged 16 to 24 are unemployed in Georgia, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, the rate is just over 14 percent.

Part of the problem is that employers aren’t creating many new jobs, said Brandon Smith, a career coach and business professor at Emory and Georgia State universities. Plus, their current workers aren’t leaving to go to other companies. And the jobs employers do have open attract a large number of more-experienced candidates than these teens and early 20-somethings.

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