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      South Carolina job market looks promising for graduating seniors

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Many college students will enter the real world in less than a month. For some, they'll take a nice summer vacation or further their educational journey, but for others their new chapter will begin with starting their first career.

      "We consider the job market to be good right now," said Thomas Halasz, Career Director at the University of South Carolina. "We're finding that there are a wide range of opportunities for our students."

      Halasz adds that while industries such as government and construction are challenging for graduating seniors to find jobs in, the career center is starting to see opportunities in other fields.

      "We're starting to see some return to previous hiring levels for education. As we look at state budgets, our own state budgets as well as other state budgets returning to greater health, they're beginning to hire again our teachers who are graduating," said Halasz.

      However, while the job market has recently been viewed as promising in some industries, Halasz says that employers have not reduced their standards.

      "We have employers who desperately need new employees, but they haven't reduced their standards, so students have to work very hard to get these opportunities," said Halasz.

      According to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the state's jobless rate was 5.5 percent in March.

      That's down from 5.7 percent in February.