LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas graduates face a bleak labor force upon graduation.
"What am I going to do from here?," asked Matthew Robinson. He graduates Saturday with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, but his excited tune makes an abrupt key change when looking at his job prospects. "They have openings posted, but there were no music education jobs open."
Robinson is not alone. UALR Economic Professor, Dr. Michael Pakko, said grads across the state feel stingy unemployment figures.
"For 16-19, it's 26 percent. For the 20 to 24-year-olds, it's 14.8 percent," said Pakko.
In 2007, unemployment for 20 to 24-year-olds was half of the current level at 7.8 percent. Psychology major, Caitlin Brown, leapt into the real world with an open mind.
"I'm okay with internships, apprenticeships; I'm okay with anything," said Brown.
While Brown admitted an entry level job would be nice, she'll do anything to bulk up her resume. Robinson won't let a sour pitch ruin his career either.
"I can do it. I know that I can do it. Teaching is an art form...If you're able to perform then you can do it," said Robinson.