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Recession college graduates still struggling to find good jobs
Recession's effects may plague graduates' earnings for years to come, study shows
Story by AMY HANSEN


 
Recession-era college graduates are still struggling to find full-time jobs.
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College graduates who earned their diplomas in 2008 began their careers in the worst economic downturn in nearly a century.

A report out this week from the U.S. Department of Education gives a picture of how those graduates fared over the next four years. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen has more.
 

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Of the roughly 17,000 graduates surveyed who did not head back to school to ride out the recession, 83 percent reported landing some type of employment four years after their graduation.

85 percent of those worked a single full-time job, with the rest working one or more jobs part time.

Michael Jones, the Director of Research at The University of Cincinnati’s Economic Center, says he is not encouraged by the report’s findings.

He points out the unemployment rate is 7 percent among those 2008 grads, roughly 3 percent higher than the overall unemployment rate for adults between the ages of 25 and 34 with a college degree.

That is troubling, he says, since additional research already predicts that this group may struggle far beyond their graduation day.

“Those who graduate in a recession typically have earnings about 9 percent less than they otherwise would have, and that effect continues to persist of lower earnings all the way up to about ten years later,” Jones says.

Jones adds the real benchmark will be seeing if that income gap closes in the next few years.
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