Recent college grads hit by recession, survey shows

May 18, 2011 at 11:16 AM ET

Most recent graduates are stuck taking lower-paying jobs that are less likely to offer health insurance, according to a Rutgers University poll.

Just over half of the 571 graduates of public and private four-year schools surveyed by the school have full-time jobs, while just under half said their first jobs didn’t really require bachelor’s degrees. Nearly half said their parents are helping them financially.

The college graduates in the poll left school between 2006 and 2010. The survey found that those who graduated between 2006 and 2008 fared better than those who graduated in 2009 or 2010. The earlier grads were paid about $3,000 a year more in their first jobs, and 88 percent of them received health insurance, compared with 77 percent of the more recent grads.

The findings of the poll were reported by the Associated Press.