This is an exciting time for the more than 80,000 young men and women who will graduate from Arizona’s high schools and public colleges this year Think about that number…..80,000. It’s enough to fill University of Phoenix Stadium (63,000) and the US Airways Center (18,000) at the same time!
There is so much hope and excitement in the
C hearts and minds of these young graduates as they look into the future. To many, the road ahead is filled with limitless possibilities. But you can also bet there is a good bit of hand wringing going on as these grads look out to the Arizona job market.
To be sure, they will have to contend with some road blocks along the way. Forbes Magazine recently named Tucson the ‘worst city in the nation’ to find a job this summer. And according to a recent story in Tucson.com, “per capita personal income is also down in Arizona, with the state ranked 42nd in the nation last year.” However….it’s not all doom and gloom. The University of Arizona just released a report that predicts 3,000 new jobs in Tucson this year and 5,000 more in 2016!
And there are plenty of additional reasons for our grads to be optimistic about their futures. Arizona State University economists are hopeful that our state is “poised for (a) boost in job creation” this year. And, as was pointed out in a recent news story in azcentral.com – “graduates of Arizona public universities join huge in-state alumni networks.” There are nearly a half million alumni from the state’s three public universities living in Arizona. The power of people helping you find work cannot be underestimated.
Congratulations to this year’s graduates! There are no limits to what you can accomplish. It’s your turn now. Go out there and help us make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!