Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Micropolis: Class of 2012, Step Forward
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
The real-world prospects for the Class of 2012 are hardly encouraging. The year, nearly 1.8 million students are expected to graduate from colleges as millions remain out of work and the unemployment rate hovers at 8 percent nationally.
For local graduates, the scenario isn't much better. The unemployment rate among 20- to 24-year olds in New York City was 14.9 percent, for the 12-month period ending in April, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The city's overall unemployment rate is 9.4 percent.
The numbers don't tell the whole story. WNYC wants to hear from you - the Class of 2012 - to tell us how it feels to graduate during this moment in history. Is it terrifying? Full of possibility? You tell us.