Study: Underemployment falling as thousands graduate from college

Friday, December 18, 2015
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More than 3,600 North Carolina State students graduated Friday morning.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- More than 3,600 North Carolina State students graduated from the university Friday morning.

Pietro Iadevaia received his MBA from NC State at PNC Arena in Raleigh Friday. He was one of nearly 3,600 graduates at the winter commencement ceremony.

Iadevaia said he has noticed a better job market than when he earned his Bachelor's degree in 2011.

"There are definitely more companies looking to hire graduates now," Iadevaia said. "There's a lot more at the job fairs and looking to expand."

Iadevaia's observations are correct, according to a new Georgetown University study. The study says underemployment for college graduates is falling since the recession.

Underemployment refers to those who want a job but don't have one or those who only work part-time but want a full-time job.

The study finds underemployment has declined, from 10.2 percent to 6.2 percent. Those with graduate degrees are least likely to be underemployed, according to the study.

NC State graduate Kayla Herrera is the first in her family to earn a Bachelor's degree. Herrera, who received a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, already has a job lined up at a land management company in Alabama.

"Even for my field which seems like there wouldn't be many opportunities there are a lot of opportunities that I've seen," Herrera said. "So it's actually really rewarding."

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