Students at the University of Washington are finding it harder to find a job than their classmates in the state, with some seeing a sharp drop in the number of positions available, according to a new report released by the state Department of Employment Services.
The number of jobs available in Washington for students who applied for jobs in 2016 was about 13,000, compared to about 17,000 positions available in 2015.
The state reports that this year the state expects about 2.5 million workers to be in the workforce.
While students are still graduating, they have to wait longer to get jobs than they did a decade ago, the report found.
And as of January, the average wait for a job was five months, compared with 6 months in 2015, the study said.
In 2016, the University offered jobs in fields such as business administration, engineering and public policy, and the average amount of time students waited for an interview to occur was one year, according the report.
And there was a sharp increase in the proportion of students who waited two to three months to apply for jobs, compared the prior year.
Students who graduated in the past decade are much more likely to be unemployed than their graduating counterparts, the department reported.
The number of students with jobs was 1.6 percent lower in 2016 than it was in 2015; it was 1 percent higher in 2015 than it would be in 2020.
The department reported that the number was 2.1 percent lower than in 2000.
Overall, the rate of unemployment for students at Washington public universities is more than double the national average, according a 2016 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The department said it’s also possible that students who graduate in the next few years are more likely than those who have graduated in recent years to seek work elsewhere.
Students at UW have a tougher time finding a job compared with their peers, with many seeing a steep drop in jobs available, said a report released Monday by the department.
But the report did not say how much of the drop could be attributed to the steep drop, or how much to changes in job market conditions.
The state is offering a $10,000 incentive for people who complete a background check and interview.
But if they aren’t accepted for a position, the incentives are only available for three years.
The UW report was released to coincide with the release of a report by the Washington State Center for Career Services that found more than 1 million jobs were lost in the Seattle region over the past 10 years.
The report said the state has seen a decline in the percentage of UW graduates who get jobs.
“We have a lot of young people who are going to college and trying to get a job in the private sector, and they’re going to work and struggle,” said Linda Ewing, director of the UW Center for Academic Excellence, which released the report earlier this month.
“It’s a hard job market, and that’s part of the reason we have a lower unemployment rate than other parts of the country,” Ewing said.
For some, it’s hard to afford college.
The report said that the average annual cost of attending a public four-year public university was about $40,000.
That is the equivalent of a college education for a family of four.
But that is a smaller share of the student body, with about 40 percent of the total student population enrolled in college.
And the report said UW students in the region have less disposable income than the national averages, with their median household income being $62,000 in 2015 compared to $74,000 nationwide.
“The students that are going out to UW are not going out for a reason that is purely financial,” Eward said.
“There are people that are getting in debt that are taking out loans and going into debt.
There are people who don’t have any savings.”
Washington has been hit by the Great Recession.
More than 10 million workers lost their jobs in the recession, according that report.
About 10 percent of UW students, the largest share in the nation, were unemployed in 2016, according data from the Washington state Labor Department.
The university has been working to help people with college degrees.
The UW Center on College Affordability and Productivity has launched a pilot project to support college students who cannot afford to attend.
And in August, the university created the College Affair, a new initiative to help students find jobs.
The Center on Workforce Innovation, which focuses on the challenges facing high-tech workers, also released a report last month that found that the percentage working full time in the technology sector was at its lowest point since the early 1990s.
It also said the number that has a job has been declining for decades.
The Department of Labor said it expects the unemployment rate to fall in Washington, although it didn’t provide any numbers.