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Updated Jun 26, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Job market for Arizona's youth is improving

PHOENIX -- Economists said the jobless rate among young adults could cost the U.S. about $20 billion over the next 10 years.

While Hillary Clinton has formed her own posse targeting the problem, Arizona is working on it, too, beginning with Valley mayors' initiative to improve graduation rates, and job fairs targeting 16- to 24-year-olds.

"We just had one through the City of Scottsdale, a teen-opportunity expo, focusing on companies that are looking to do just that," said Theresa Maher with Phoenix-based Many of those companies are still hiring.

Lately, Maher said city parks, hotel and restaurants, as well as retail stores, were posting jobs aimed directly at young adults, many offering management growth programs. She said was hiring, too.

These days, Maher said, more corporations target younger new hires, "because we find candidates of that age don't really have the bad habits to break and they're eager to get started in the work force."

That fresh attitude can help younger candidates not only land a first job, but also keep it and progress into the next generation of managers.

About the Author

Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.


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