The Underlying Factors Creating The Lack Of Employment Opportunities?

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Statistics show college graduates are having a difficult time finding employment more than the generations before them. The question is, what are some of the underlying factors creating the lack of employment opportunities?
Between the years 2000-2013, the percent of unemployment for college graduates with a bachelor degree was better than their non-graduate counter parts. As a matter of fact, the level of unemployment is lower for all age groups with college degrees vs. non degree holders. Nevertheless, the percent of 20-24 year olds that are unemployed is higher than that of their 25-to 34 year old equals (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], 2014, WEB). Could this imply that these younger graduates do not have the required life skills and experiences that employers are looking for?
Another statistic is male unemployment is higher in males than females in all categories, except for non-high school completion, where female unemployment is then higher (NCES 2014). In the case of educated females, perhaps females are more willing to take jobs that pay less than their male equivalents. For the instance of non-educated males, do they have better opportunities for higher paying manual labor jobs? Could teenage pregnancy play a role in the higher unemployment rate of female’s in this category? Then there is the issue of underemployment, those not working full-time or in a job that does not require a bachelor’s degree. This category…

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