Young people fresh out of college may take some solace in a recent report from the government, especially if they are focused on starting their careers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent in May. This is the same level seen during the first three months of the year, with April seeing a rise to 9.9 percent.
However, the rise in jobs during the fifth month of 2010 was mostly made up of temporary work available in relation to this year’s Census Bureau operations. Of the 431,000 jobs added, 411,000 were tied to the effort to tally Americans.
Young people who are unemployed may be able to take advantage of programs made available through the U.S. Department of Labor, which has focused on trying to help people without work gain the skills they’ll need to apply to growing industries like healthcare and information technology.
"We continue to push for programs to help unemployed workers make it through this difficult time," Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said.