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Last month alone, 151,171 individuals across the nation filed for unemployment after being laid off from their jobs. And that number was down from June.
This is certainly not good news for recent college graduates, as many have already learned firsthand that good jobs are hard to find.
A story on today's front page illustrates the problem that just two recent graduates have faced: There are more people competing for fewer jobs.
Over the years, there have been many discussions about the importance of education when it comes to getting a good job. One recent graduate said that he can't even get an interview ... "The most interest I've had has come from China."
According to Teresa Elmore at Campbellsville University's career services office, 15 million Americans are looking for a job. Of those, one million are looking for their first job.
She recommends starting early and looking beyond one's hometown.
While that's certainly excellent advice, it's definitely not encouraging to those who want to live and work and raise their families in the town they grew up in.
We're facing major "brain drain" ... much of our educated workforce is having to leave town to find jobs.
Instead, we could use a little "brain gain" or even some "brain stay."