The new plastics

| Print |  Email
Wednesday, October 01, 2008

STATEWIDE Each year more students graduate from Oregon colleges. But with the economy struggling and a glut of graduates, finding a job can be more difficult than any final exam.

“Students are going to struggle more this year than past years,” says Oregon Employment Economist Jessica Nelson. And they’re being hit with a double-whammy. While the most recent numbers show Oregon hovering around a 6% unemployment rate, the job market for recent graduates is becoming more competitive, Nelson says.  So where are the jobs for college grads?

“Accounting,” says Nelson. She chalks up the reasoning to the demand placed on businesses after the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002.

But it’s not an accounting job that a majority of University of Oregon graduates are after. “It’s government work,” says University of Oregon Career Center director Deb Chereck. “The Peace Corps and Teach for America have grown in demand exponentially over the last five years.”

Chereck thinks a combination of 2008 being an election year and the fact that more students are coming from a community service background may have something to do with the surge in those fields, as well as the increase in jobs from political campaigns.

Nelson says Oregon’s unemployment rate likely will remain high for the rest of this year, but job growth is predicted to return in the first quarter of 2009 and continue through 2010.                 

CHRIS MILLER



Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

The Health Guru

May 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

Mohan Nair channels a visionary.


Read more...

Much ado about data-driven organizations, for good reason

Contributed Blogs
Monday, April 13, 2015
bigdatathumbBY GRANT KIRBY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

The mega-shift from technology-driven to data-driven organizations raises questions about Oregon’s workforce preparedness.


Read more...

Bike Chic: 7 stylish options for cyclists

April 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cycling to work is all the rage. But not everyone wants to arrive at the office messy, sweaty — and unfashionable.


Read more...

Beneath the Surface

May 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
0515-goodhacker01 250pxwBY LINDA BAKER

On April 1 I attended a forum at the University of Portland on the sharing economy. The event featured panelists from Lyft and Airbnb, as well as Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Asked about the impact of tech-driven sharing economy services. Hales said the new business models are reshaping the landscape. “But,” he added, “I don’t pretend to understand how a lot of this [technology] works.” 


Read more...

5 ways successful people kickstart the day

The Latest
Thursday, April 02, 2015
coffeethumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Are mornings the most productive part of the day?  We ask five successful executives how they get off to a good start.


Read more...

Make the Case

May 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015

10 briefcases that mean business.


Read more...

Energy Stream

May 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

Oregon already ranks as the nation’s second largest generator of hydroelectric power. (Washington is No. 1). Now an elegant new installation in Portland is putting an unconventional, sharing economy twist on this age-old water-energy pairing. The new system, launched this winter, uses the flow of water inside city water pipes to spin four turbines that produce electricity for Portland General Electric customers. 


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS