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University of Iowa students prepare for finals, worry about jobs

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - New applications for jobless benefits plunged to the lowest level in 14 weeks, but the number of unemployed workers receiving benefits is still at a record high.

It's finals week at the University of Iowa, but this year, seniors have reason to be more stressed about the job search than their final grades. We shared those numbers with several students.

Each person's experiences with career searching and even summer jobs, had a big effect on their outlook of the job market.

"It keeps you really busy, that's for sure," said senior Chloe Zolo. She's juggling a job search and finals, and finding the job search to be the bigger source of stress. "Looking at Craigslist a lot, applying online for a lot of jobs, and it's hard to get a lot of responses, actually."

She's applied both in-state and out-of-state, and the clock is ticking. Her situation's a bit different from sophomore Brodi Bender.

"If I wanted another job, I could really easily get another one." That's because she's heading home this summer, with a fairly secure job managing the pool in a small town. Though she's still two years away from graduation, the recent decline in unemployment benefit applications seems like a bright spot on the horizon for her.

But to Zolo and nearby Luke Benson, those numbers mean almost nothing. "It seems like something that could change next month," said Benson. He graduated two years ago, and learned a degree in english was no guarantee to a job in his field.

"I worked at the food co-op, I was a health aid and a substitute teacher, I've just been doing construction and landscaping, really whatever I could get lined up." Now back in school to get his Master's Degree, Benson hopes things will be better when he graduates again in two years.

"I hope it's a sign of things to come."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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