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Job Market Improving But Still Competitive for Class of 2014

More than 5,600 students at Fresno State are graduating as the Class of 2014 and entering the workforce.
Several commencement ceremonies were held Friday at Fresno State ahead of the main ceremony Saturday morning.
Several commencement ceremonies were held Friday at Fresno State ahead of the main ceremony Saturday morning.

Fresno State held several commencement ceremonies for the graduating class of 2014 Friday for the separate departments.

Nationwide, 8.5 percent of college graduates ages 21-24 are unemployed, according to the Economic Policy Institute. 

But the latest job report shows some positive news for those entering the job market in California. 
For the graduating Class of 2014, there's a mixture of emotions as they reach a milestone.

"Very nervous. I don't want to fall," says Alexa Roche laughing.

"I woke up today and was just like, 'I'm done,'" says Zachary Zendona while breathing a sigh of relief.

"Very nervous, very happy, very excited. Everything at the same time," says Chau Marihart as she rushed to get to her commencement ceremony in the Public Health department.

Marihart had just left a job interview--her second of the week.

For her and other grads, the latest jobs report is positive.

California's job market grew by 56,100 jobs in April.

"The job market is getting better," says Rita Bocchinfuso-Cohen, director of Fresno State's Career Services. "I would still say it's a competitive job market, so it's still important for job seekers to be prepared."

California's unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in April--compare that to the 9.1 percent jobless rate graduates faced last year.

Roche says she hopes her internship will soon pay off. She believes she's secured a paid position.

"I think I do [have a position secured]. I believe I do because they've really encouraged me to apply for the health educator job. They really enjoyed me as an intern," Roche says.

Fresno State's Class of 2014 has 5,634 students. For President Dr. Joseph Castro, it will be the first time of his presidency that he will be conferring degrees.

"I'm very excited to be here with all the students and the families. They're looking to the future boldly, and it's just great to share this day with them," Castro says.

The main commencement ceremony for all Fresno State students is Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Save Mart Center. Doors open at 8 a.m. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/commencement-resources/

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