The Nashville Metropolitan Area ranks first in the state for having the lowest unemployment rate, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics .
Only 2.6 percent of Nashville’s population is without a job, which is a change of over 1 percent for the better from last year, and stands above the national average of 3.9 percent.
This statistic should pique the interest of Middle Tennessee State University students who will be seeking a job around the Nashville area soon.
However, Bill Fletcher, the Director of the Career Development Center at MTSU, says that while jobs are out there, students still need to take the proper steps before graduation to ensure they secure a job.
“Right out of the gate your senior year you should be focusing on May and getting ready to graduate in May,” Fletcher urges. “By coming by and talking to your advisor in the career center, you can do that.”
Fletcher also says that just going to class isn’t going to cut it for new graduates looking to start their careers, and they should walk through some important questions before walking across the stage.
“What have you accomplished? Do you have a resume? Have you interned? What do you want to do? Have you started networking?”
The MTSU Career Center has resources available on their website for students to use before and after graduation, whether they are looking to stay in the state or move somewhere else.
Looking across the state of Tennessee, while Nashville does have the lowest unemployment rate, Knoxville is not far behind with a recorded 3.1 November 2017 unemployment rate, which is a percent change just one point shy of 1.5 percent from the previous year.
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