YUMA, Ariz (13 On Your Side) - The unemployment situation for young adults is taking a turn for the worse, according to a group called Generation Opportunity. The U.S. Department of Labor says that 18-29 year olds, also known as millennials, show that 1 in 6 young adults cannot find work. Here in Yuma, millennials we spoke to are finding work, but they say that it wasn't an easy process becoming part of the work force.
"It was pretty much impossible, at least in California where I'm from unless I had someone on the inside." says Casey Bjorklund, a millennial who found work through a friend and is now the manager of a pizza parlor. "People are sticking with what work they can get. It also seems like, as far as education is concerned, getting a degree that's worthwhile, getting a career that's worthwhile is so much more difficult" says Bjorkland.
Arizona Western College Basketball player and Student MarQuen Mitchell is jobless, but he says he just doesn't have the time to go out and look. "Between my schedule, and all the things going on with basketball, I just don't find the time to really go out and look for a job." says Mitchell.
Not accounting towards the unemployment rate are an additional 1.85 million millennials who have been out of work for so long that they do not qualify because they are considered to have given up the search.
Alexis Noriega, a millennial that just found a job at a local dollar store, says people her generation to be more productive. "It looks bad on us as a generation. We're the ones on the spot to get jobs, so were not really doing much for America."
The Millennial unemployment rate is more than two and a half times the National unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.
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