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Graduating Into A Sunnier Job Market

Graduating Into A Sunnier Job Market

For nearly 6,900 students who graduated Sunday at colleges around the state, the natural question is: What's next?

Happily, this year's graduates have more reason to be optimistic than those who graduated two or three years ago, although the market has not yet returned to pre-recession health.

The unemployment rate for college graduates younger than 25 averaged 8.8 percent over the 12 months that ended in February 2013, down from more than 10 percent in 2010 and 2011, according to an Economic Policy Institute study released last month. But the picture is still not as rosy as before the recession, when the rate was 5.7 percent.

"We hit the iceberg in 2008, and 2009...