These Sad Charts Show How Desperate Young People Are For Jobs

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Today’s college grads have it tough, but those with less education are up against even greater odds.Researchers at Rutgers — The State University of New Jersey just published a report, “Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession,” looking at how those with high school diplomas are faring in today’s job market.

The report, led by researchers Dr. Carl Van Horn and Dr. Cliff Zukin, surveyed 544 recent high school graduates from the classes of 2006 to 2011, with a weighted demographic representative of the U.S. population. They found that a shocking 88 per cent took low-paying, temporary jobs with an average wage of $7.50/hour after graduating.

“There is tremendous pessimism among high school graduates about what the future holds for them,” the researchers wrote.

In other words, the future for this demographic is bleak. 

30 per cent of high school graduates are unemployed and looking for work

63 per cent found their first job through networking

Half took their current job because they had to

Only 11 per cent see opportunities to advance in their current jobs

A third have considered going back to school

13 per cent dropped out of college

Only 21 per cent got a good job within a reasonable amount of time

Most regret that they didn't better prepare for the job market in high school

More than half had aspirations of attending college, but they didn't go

70 per cent don't think they'll have a successful career unless they get more education

They feel that their generation will have less financial success than their parents'

High school grads are twice as likely to live with their parents and/or depend on them for financial support

Still, most believe that they will have a career — but in a few years

Now see how college graduates are faring in the job market

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