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Recent Graduates Say Future Looks Bleak

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The future looks bleak for many young people who’ve entered the workforce since 2006. 

A new survey of high school graduates from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University finds only three in 10 are employed full time, compared with all college graduates, who are employed at nearly twice that rate.

Some 73 percent of high school grads think they need more education to have a successful career. 

According to a Heldrich survey released in May, only one fifth of recent graduates of four-year colleges and universities said their generation will have more success than the generation before them.  More than twice as many -- 58 percent -- said they will have less financial success than the previous generation. 

The reports find the situation facing less-educated young people appears to be far worse than it is for college grads.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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