The percentage of University of North Carolina graduates who had full-time jobs lined up by the time of graduation was down this year, according to a school official.
Between 38 and 42 percent of the 1990 graduates had employment this year, as compared to 50 percent normally, said Marcia Harris, UNC Career Planning and Placement Services director, following a survey.Harris attributed the lower percentage to a downturn in the national economy that has many employers cutting back on their recruiting.
Harris said a recent national survey of 500 employers found that job openings for new graduates had fallen 13.3 percent since 1989 - the largest downturn since the early 1980s.
But while the full-time employment figures have dropped slightly in recent years, the number of students enrolling in graduate school and finding part-time employment has risen, according to the UNC survey.
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``I think we're seeing some students reserving an interest in graduate school as an option,' Harris said. ``If students can't get a job, they need something constructive to continue."