For millenials, people 18-29 years old, the unemployment rate is double the national average leaving many recent college graduates with a diploma, but without a job.
But here in the tri-states, they may be in luck because one profession is facing a shortage of workers.
The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is in plain view for these Southeastern Community College nursing students.
Pretty soon, students will be putting IVs into real patients and not fake arms.
And just like many graduating college students, Becky Johnson said she has fears about her future.
"You're always worried about getting a job anywhere you go," said Johnson.
Johnson said she feels prepared for her first nursing job, and is open to where she may end up.
"I will be applying locally, but I will have the skills to go out nationally if need be," said Johnson.
But SCC nursing program coordinator Kristi Schroeder said Johnson and her classmates won't have to go far to start working.
Schroeder said there is not only a nationwide nursing shortage, but a shortage in Lee County and said there are a couple reasons for the lack of RNs.
"There are fewer students attending nursing programs and also there are limitations in the programs as far as capacity and space in clinical sites," said Schroeder.
Schroeder said the changing demographics also play a factor.
"We have a lot of patients entering the system. The census, the population, in general demographics. There are more patients to take care of," said Schroeder.
But Schroeder said, at SCC, they are trying to reverse the trend.
"We feel that we are responding to the need in the area and one of the things we anticipate is the nursing profession will continue to grow," said Schroeder.
Here is a list of tri-state schools that have nursing programs:
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