Over the past few months America has been adding jobs, about 200,000 jobs a month. Economic experts say that's a modest number. The more impressive number maybe that the unemployment rate is down from almost a full percent from just over 9% to just over 8%. Executive Director of Business and Economics at Utica College, David Kiner, Ph.D says, "I think what's important is that we're doing good. I think we all wish, there are some indicators that are troublesome to us, exports are down a little bit, we're all concerned about oil prices. So we're doing good, doing much better, we should feel enthused about it but we have a long way to go yet."
Kiner says one example that we're on the right path is job fairs. SUNYIT student, Sarah McEvoy says, "I think they're a big huge help. A lot of people are telling us stay in school as long as you can and coming to something like this there are people out there hiring, they want us, they want the young kids that know how to do technology." Kimberly Mills, a SUNYIT senior, says, "That there are a lot of people seeking employees, even with the economy being so back people are still seeking employees. So it's good to know that when we graduate there will be something out there for us hopefully."
Over the past six months the unemployment rate has dropped and job fairs like these may be a sign the economy is turning around. Kiner added, "Oh I don't think there's any question about that, both by the way of the number of students that participate but probably more importantly by the numbers of employers who are looking for kids absolutely it's an indicator." Experts say that even though six months is a small time frame, overall this is a positive step.