The first job numbers came in on Friday for Donald Trump’s first full month as president from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that 235,000 jobs were added to the economy in February. The unemployment rate went down to 4.7 percent.
However, despite the positive growth seen in the economy and a promising start to Trump’s presidency, millennials are still having difficulty finding gainful employment.
According to a study conducted by the Job Application Center, 51 percent of millennials believe it’s “difficult” to find a job out of college. 18 percent found it “very difficult,” while only 8 percent found landing a job upon graduating to be “easy.”
Compared with baby boomers, 40 percent found it “easy” to land a job after graduating from college. In Levo Founder & CEO Caroline Ghosn’s view, millennials put themselves in this position because of how digitally savvy they are and the media’s focus on advanced technology.
“We are the first generation to never have known what it’s like to not have the Internet, so we have these digital behaviors that are unprecedented,” Ghosn told Fox Business. “And we have these expectations around things being very fast and often when that translates into the workforce, we have a little bit of a generational clash.”
Ghosn continued to say that millennials should consider blue collar jobs.
“Some of these jobs have incredible benefits, have an average salary expectation that is $15,000 dollars higher than the national average and yet we are seeing a gap. These companies are not able to hire millennials.”
While the national unemployment rate is at 4.7 percent, the youth unemployment rate (ages 16-24) is at 9.9 percent.