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One in six recent college grads wants to work full-time and can't

Job searchers interview with company representitives during a career fair at the Convention Center on February 5, 2010in San Diego, California
Job searchers interview with company representitives during a career fair at the Convention Center on February 5, 2010in San Diego, California
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Libby Nelson is Vox's policy editor, leading coverage of how government action and inaction shape American life. Libby has more than a decade of policy journalism experience, including at Inside Higher Ed and Politico. She joined Vox in 2014.

The most recent college graduates — those who finished college in 2010 or later — are least likely to be employed, Gallup and Purdue University found in their new survey of 30,000 college graduates.

Seventeen percent of recent graduates are either unemployed or employed part-time but want full-time work.

That's not as bad as the 47 percent the Associated Press said were unemployed or underemployed in 2012. But it's much worse than the economic situation of college graduates who finished between 2000 and 2009: Just 7 percent are either unemployed or doing part-time work when they want full-time.

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