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Finding a job post-graduation is looking brighter

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Companies plan to hire an average of 5 percent more college graduates this year than in 2016. That’s according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, who surveyed companies who hire college students (NACE Job Outlook 2017). Arizona is tied with Alaska per capita for last place for the lowest number of college graduation rates, according to the U.S. Department of Education. However, from a career perspective, these graduates may have a job waiting. Many are qualified — and, in some instances, overqualified — for jobs due the economy’s needs. And many have a “I’ll-take-what-I-can” mindset, officials say. In other words, 2017 poses the strongest job market since the recession. “The unemployment rate of young college graduates has since decreased due to stronger job growth, and now sits at 5.6 percent,” according to a recent report, “The labor market...

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The uncertain realities of the future of retirement living

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  The amount of retirement facilities in Arizona are growing due to the increasing demand of aging seniors  in Arizona. Retirement facilities can be costly and pose a financial burden on the individual trying to get the appropriate care. According to the Payingforseniorcare.com, the national average cost for assisted leaving is approximately $3,600 a month. However, patients who have Alzheimer’s or dementia can pay up to $4,800 a month. In the U.S. in 2014, 46.2 million people were 65 years or older. By 2060, there will be about 98 million, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The demand for assisted living will skyrocket. James Knickman, author of “The 2030 Problem: Caring for Aging Baby Boomers” analyzes how by 2030, the Baby Boomer generation will be 66 to 84 and number about 61 million. “Long term care is...

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Major league soccer teams providing local economic boost to state, for now

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When major league baseball spring training left Tucson in 2010, it left questions for how the town would fill the void. Now, Major League Soccer’s sixth year training here in Tucson that is bringing in the money. FC Tucson, an American semi-professional soccer team, is stationed out of Kino Sports Complex and is hosting two large tournaments for the major league teams. 2017 Desert Friendlies ended the beginning of February while the 2017 Desert Diamond Cup starts Feb. 18 at Kino North Stadium and six teams will participate in this competitive tournament. MLS Cup Champions the Seattle Sounders will be here this year and Dan Gibson, director of communications for Visit Tucson, believes such a high-caliber team will bring in fans. “We have both the teams from New York this year and New York is a big market for...

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