For generations, it seemed like almost an unwritten understanding that the campuses of colleges and universities across the country were the springboards from which America’s young men and women would launch into careers of all shapes and distinctions. But today’s graduates face a situation that few before them have. At historic rates, we are met with high unemployment and few or no job prospects. Of the Class of 2012, half are either jobless or underemployed.
On Thursday, President Obama is visiting the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus, his second trip to Nevada in less than a month. Both on campus and throughout the state, where unemployment is the highest in the nation, individuals struggling to find work will expect to hear concrete plans for a path forward toward greater job creation and economic recovery. To address Nevadans’ concerns, the President would be wise to reach out to the small business community, which creates about two-thirds of new jobs each year and creates about half the country’s GDP.
(Source: Nevada News & Views, 6/7/12, “Welcome to UNLV, Mr. President,” by Mark Ciavola, UNLV Student Body President)