Despite lack luster job numbers, experts say it's a good time for new college grads

LAS VEGAS - Companies scaled back hiring in April, adding just 160,000 new jobs.  According to CNN's Marketwatch, this is a sign the U.S. economy is still suffering from an early-year chill.

Employers added 160,000 new jobs nationwide last month.  Experts said the unemployment rate also held steady at 5.0 percent.

Although the numbers for April show prospects weren't the best for people in need of work, it's a different story for new graduates.  IN fact these days, employers are seeking out new graduates.

Career services centers on college campuses are also a big help in selling the graduates.  The centers allow the graduates to upload their resumes and connect to all kinds of opportunities before they even walk across the stage for graduation.

"There are more jobs that we're seeing come into our office now than we did in the past," Raelynn Frazier, Director of UNLV Career Services. 

Frazier says she's seen an increase in job openings in all kinds of sectors.

"I have employers contacting me daily," Frazier said.

Unemployment is at a 10-year low for new graduates, which is a comforting statistic for Devin Coulston, who will be graduating this week. 

"I've been just applying, shooting out applications to all the tv jobs I can in town," 

Despite the lackluster national jobs report in April, "We've been seeing a really good trend of the unemployment rate falling," said Mae Worthey with the State Employment Department.

According to Worthey, Nevada has the third fastest growing economy in the country.

"Graduates can feel a lot more confident in going into the job market than they would have a few years ago," Worthey said.

Frazier has some advice for graduates.

"Be passionate about the job you're looking for; be prepared to enter the workforce at an entry level, and demonstrate to the employer you can work hard," Frazier said.

In Nevada, the unemployment rate is at 5.8 percent which is pretty good compared to the 13 percent rate the state had 5 years ago.  The april jobs report for the statewide level is set to be released in two to three weeks.


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