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Economy tough for college grads

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WASHINGTON. - The class of 2009 faces the daunting task of finding a job in the worst economy since the Great Depression.

Surveys show employers plan to hire 22 percent fewer college graduates than normal.

They're competing with millions of experienced workers who've been laid off, all searching for work with unemployment at its highest in 25 years.

"All we can do right now is give them hope, give them job leads, give them advice on their resumes," says career counselor Zeidy Cabrera.

Some grads are considering different careers, retreating to their parents homes or postponing entering the job market.

Career counseling centers are swamped with students and alumni looking for advice.

Experts say network is critical, as is patience.

Many graduates are looking at service opportunities such as Teach for America, Americorps and the Peace Corps.

The federal government is also hiring because retiring baby boomers are leaving vacancies.

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