CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It's a surprising number, even to a college counselor.
Fifty percent of recent college graduates are unemployed, or underemployed according to government data analyzed by the Associated Press.
Warren Skinner with Career Linkages at Southeast Missouri State University said he was shocked when he heard that only half of recent grads have jobs.
He said when he helps kids job search, he found that there are jobs out there, the grads just have to go to them.
According to the data, some recent grads do have jobs, but they're over qualified for them. For example, the former students stay as a waitress or bartender, something that requires less skill than what they majored in.
Skinner said that's something that could change, the grads just have to be open minded to where jobs are.
"They should've explored options of going somewhere else to take that job, with that business degree, instead of staying in that safe position with that bartending job, you can't tell me that there wasn't a job somewhere in this country that they could've gotten with that business degree instead of staying in the safe bartending job," said Skinner.
Skinner said some grads think you just need a college degree to get a job, but he said the hard work they put into the job search helps.
Skinner said current job seekers should not get discouraged by the data, he said the jobs are out there, people just need to find them.