According to CNN Money, 2008 was the worst year for jobs since 1945. Between January 1, 2008 and December 21, 2008, 2.6 million jobs were lost in the United States. This proved to be one of the darkest times in the history of the American economy, and it has been appropriately branded as the “Great Recession.”
Although the economy has shown some signs of recovery, the unemployment rate continues to be high. Unfortunately, the reality faced by tens of thousands of unemployed Americans is that their skills are either too specialized or obsolete to be of any value to employers. Since their skills are no longer marketable, some have no choice but to work menial jobs for about a third or quarter of the money they used to make. For these workers, they can continue to struggle financially or retraining via adult education continuing education programs.
While the government and media continue to mislead the American public by offering dubious, overly optimistic claims about the supposed recovery of the U.S. economy, the U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that the unemployment rate for 2013 remains over 7.5 percent. Sure, this is an improvement over the 10 percent unemployment rate during October 2009, but it is still a far cry from the pre recession rate of 4.5 percent during 2007.
It is impossible to predict when or if the jobless rate will decrease to the level it once was. But even if it does not, New Mexico continuing education can provide unemployed workers with the training to fill vacant positions. The fact is positions are available, but employers are finding it challenging to fill them with applicants who possess the appropriate skill sets. UNM continuing education programs offer training in a wide range of career areas in which jobs are available.
Among the career programs offered through Unm continuing education are communications and information technology, healthcare, finance, accounting, paralegal studies, and others. While there are plenty of jobs available in each of these areas, they are only attainable to those who possess the appropriate training. Practical training for in demand jobs is the objective of the adult continuing education UNM offers its students.