Gobs of Jobs career fair being held today

Posted at: 05/14/2013 11:14 AM
Updated at: 05/14/2013 12:37 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

As high school and college seniors hit the stage for graduation this week, many are thinking about the next step. But for some, that could be difficult to find.

A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute shows that for high school graduates, this year the unemployment rate is 12 percent higher than it was in 2007, and 22 percent more are underemployed.

For college grads, unemployment is about three percent higher and underemployment has doubled.

Experts say part of this is because fewer people are quitting. More experienced people are taking lower paying jobs, which leaves little room for entry-level applicants.

We talked to young applicants with exactly that problem.

"There's a lot more people looking for jobs, and they're higher educated than me, so," job seeker Morgan Allerton said.

Today's fair is one chance to put themselves out there. It is open to applicants of all ages and runs until 3 p.m. at the Marriott Pyramid in Northeast Albuquerque. Bring resumes and business cards.

for more information, visit nmgobsofjobs.com.