12/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Student Loan Debt Traps Grads In Dead-End Jobs

College comes with myopic demands -- to pick the right school, to take challenging and rewarding classes, to make connections. What will graduation bring into focus?

With the country still mired in economic woes, college graduates are on the losing side of a national game of musical chairs, as they run up against a labor market with few openings.

"I don't know what I expected," said Lang grad Garret Hurley, who received his B.A. in digital media last December but now, almost a year later, still waits tables. And he may be lucky. A new study by the Economic Policy Institute shows the unemployment rate for recent college graduates up from 5.4 percent in 2007 to 9 percent in 2009. Worse,

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