The unemployment routine is getting very old. I comiserated with a friend who, like me, was a December graduate and, also like me, is unemployed. We’re getting real tired of watching Real Housewives and Millionaire Matchmaker reruns. After doing a few minutes of research, I found that the U.S. unemployment rate, as of December 2011, is at 8.5 percent. Apparently it has been going down since February 2009 but, considering that the average rate has been 5.7 percent from 1948 to 2010, things definitely aren’t peachy.
I don’t have much right to complain. I’m young, healthy and have my career path before me. I know there are millions of others who have families to support, lack qualifications needed to get a decent paying job, etc. While I’m just beginning the fight, there are those desperately trying to recoop. That’s not to say that many of my contemporaries, including myself, don’t come with a major handicap: thousands of dollars of student loan debt. To be honest, I think I have been pretending my student loan debt exist these past few months. In June, reality will sink in.
Below I posted a link to GOOD’s 30 day financial fitness challenge. As we struggle to find jobs and hopefully save some money in the process, these tips certainly can’t hurt.