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Underemployment exceptionally high for young adults
The New Hampshire ^ | November 20, 2012 | Rachel Follender

Posted on 11/21/2012 9:33:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

UNH seniors began registering for their spring classes on Monday, creating what for most of these students will be the final schedule of their college careers. As Thanksgiving break plunges us into winter, the new year is only weeks away. And with graduation rearing around the corner, members of the class of 2013 are beginning to ask, “What now?”

For Katie Sousa, a senior English major, life after graduation means returning to a part-time cashier position at Market Basket.

“I’ve been there for five years and I plan to go back there until I find something better,” she said.

According to a report by Justin Young, a UNH doctoral student in sociology, many graduates will find themselves in the same position as Sousa come springtime.

Young’s report, Underemployment in Urban and Rural America, 2005-2012, was published this fall by UNH’s Carsey Institute. Young’s research suggests that underemployment is exceptionally high among people under age 30.

Underemployment is defined in the study as involuntary part-time work, which hits 18- to 22-year-olds the hardest. Young’s findings show that 29 percent of this age group is either underemployed (10 percent) or unemployed (19 percent). Given his research, Young believes that a college education is a surefire way to break out of the demographic.

“In the past, there were many more jobs that offered good pay, benefits and security that did not require a four-year degree,” Young said. “Today, if you want one of those jobs, you are more likely to need a four-year degree, at the very least. Young people today are facing very different job markets than their parents.”

Many recent graduates feel that in today’s job market, employers are hiring the applicants who have college degrees, even if one is not necessarily required for the job...

(Excerpt) Read more at tnhonline.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education
KEYWORDS: college; economy; underemployment

1 posted on 11/21/2012 9:34:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When an English major lands a job checking out groceries..it is not underemployment..it is under achieving. Why didn’t she spend her college education on learning a profession or trade in high demand?


2 posted on 11/21/2012 9:41:46 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When an English major lands a job checking out groceries..it is not underemployment..it is under achieving. Why didn’t she spend her college education on learning a profession or trade in high demand?


3 posted on 11/21/2012 9:41:58 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Oldexpat

Because the trades are “beneath” them, of course! That’s blue collar. Even though there are probably more plumbing or electrician millionaires than poetry or social worker ones.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 9:47:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They voted for it. Own it. I hear there is always food stamps.

Btw, I am tellin that to all my liberal associates who are almost out on the street.

5 posted on 11/21/2012 9:56:09 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Oldexpat
It's always tricky to decide between, a field that pays the best, the field most interesting to you, and a field in which you have the most aptitude.

It is rare for all three to be the same.

6 posted on 11/21/2012 9:57:10 PM PST by oldbrowser (Welcome to U.S.Zimbabwe)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too bad more of them don’t want to pack their long johns and head for North Dakota. Plenty of jobs up there and money is to be made if they are willing to work.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 9:58:47 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess tats and hoodies aren’t the de riguere it use to be.


8 posted on 11/21/2012 10:03:39 PM PST by samadams2000
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To: Grams A

The last half of your second sentence tells the story.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 10:07:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Oldexpat

Well, in all honesty, my frat brother from university majored in English.

The difference is that he wanted to travel to Asia, and for the past 4 years, teaches English in Japan at one of Hokkaido’s top high schools while doing translation work for Sony. At least he had a goal even before graduation and knew his future was away from America. This dumb broad is damn clueless.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 10:11:00 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When not working pays more than working... you have a problem


11 posted on 11/21/2012 10:13:10 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

“When not working pays more than working... you have a problem”

No, when not working pays more than working...WE (who are working) have a problem...


12 posted on 11/21/2012 10:54:36 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Oldexpat

Check out this Peter Shiff video on young people in New Orleans:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXpwAOHJsxg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Make no mistake—colleges are ripping off these kids big time.


13 posted on 11/22/2012 3:05:33 AM PST by cgbg (HLM--"Democracy is the theory that people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"a senior English major"

Congratulations on building your own poop sandwich dear. It's a pretty big one, and unless you have a lot of bread, you are going to eat a lot of poop.

14 posted on 11/22/2012 3:20:12 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Oldexpat

When an English major lands a job checking out groceries..it is not underemployment..it is under achieving. Why didn’t she spend her college education on learning a profession or trade in high demand?

Well,she sort of did. she can always check the spelling on protest signs.


15 posted on 11/22/2012 4:17:16 AM PST by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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To: Grams A

Plenty of jobs up there and money is to be made if they are willing to work.

Todays college grads think they should start at Vice President and work up from there. Many jobs are beneath them.

When my son graduated he was flaming liberal. After his first paycheck the became an instant conservative. He couldn’t believe how much the government took out of his pay check.


16 posted on 11/22/2012 4:33:15 AM PST by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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To: max americana

The salient part that you left out is that he must speak fluent Japanese.
That was the thing without which he would not have his current position


17 posted on 11/22/2012 5:08:40 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Oldexpat

Not necessarily.

Perhaps her gift is in English and she’d prefer to take a basic day job while working on her novel or play or whatever. It may be an entrepreneurial effort with long odds, but it is her choice, and she’s working while pursuing it.


18 posted on 11/22/2012 5:29:48 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who cares? The vast majority of these illiterates voted for BAM.


19 posted on 11/22/2012 5:50:03 AM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Crimea River, toots. My superbly educated (homeschooled) kid cannot even dream of attending college. We couldn’t have afforded the fuel to drive to it five days a week, never mind tuition and innumerable other expenses involved. Instead — a minimum wage job less than 30 hrs a week.

It tops the list of things we thank the Lord for, today and every day.

How lucky we are that the blessing of honorable work was not preceded by four expensive years in college to make it seem like crap!


20 posted on 11/22/2012 6:02:33 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( Thank You, Heavenly Father.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fwiw in 2008 I graduated with a degree in journalism and now I work in marketing, which I consider to be a great career both on the satisfaction side and the money side. If you have a BA degree, even if its in English, there’s a lot you can do with it, you just got to be willing to work hard and find your calling.


21 posted on 11/22/2012 6:21:33 AM PST by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: cgbg

Schiff is awesome.


22 posted on 11/22/2012 6:27:43 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey Katie, at least your $9 pills are free if your parents still have a job and you are living at home until 26...

Oh by the way that 26 thingee is costing their employer a fortune and they don't dare complain about it as an employer since they don't want the heat, you know kind of a Toyota Floor Mat investigation thingee @ their Corporation.

So you are gonna have to listen to your parents complain that their premiums for health care went through the moon. Aren't Parents a drag????

23 posted on 11/22/2012 6:34:10 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll bet that almost none of them know about the Supreme Court case (Griggs v. Duke Power) that eventually led to many of them being in college in the first place.


24 posted on 11/22/2012 6:48:00 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: bill1952

“The salient part that you left out is that he must speak fluent Japanese.
That was the thing without which he would not have his current position”

***

Actually, he does. Even reading, writing, speaking kana’. Speaks and reads Filipino and Hindi too. Which part of my post which read “does translations for Sony” didn’t you get?


25 posted on 11/22/2012 10:55:18 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: cgbg

bfl


26 posted on 11/23/2012 6:29:47 AM PST by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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