Young Adults Entering the Job Market During the Coronavirus Suppression

Research shows that first-time job hunters seeking work during periods of high unemployment live shorter and unhealthier lives. An extended freeze of the economy could shorten the lifespan of 6.4 million Americans entering the job market by an average of about two years, said Hannes Schwandt, a health economics researcher at Northwestern University. This would be 12.8 million years of life lost.

Even now, thousands of college graduates are entering the job market at a time when global business is frozen. Jason Gustave, a senior at William Paterson University in New Jersey who will be the first in his family to graduate from college, had a job in physical therapy lined up. With workplaces and organizations facing new challenges in a COVID-19 pandemic influenced America, his licensure exam is postponed and the earliest he could start work is September.

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HOW IS THIS ISSUE GROWING BECAUSE OF COVID-19?

A lack of job opportunities and open positions will affect young people and college graduates negatively, limiting their job prospects and incomes. This lack of gainful employment can lead to long term mental health issues for these individuals.

WHO ARE THE STAKEHOLDERS?

Recent graduates

GROUPS WORKING ON THIS ISSUE

https://80000hours.org/

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