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Micropolis: Class of 2012, Step Forward

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The 2011 East River Academy high school graduation at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The real-world prospects for the Class of 2012 are hardly encouraging. The year, nearly 1.8 million students are expected to graduate from colleges as millions remain out of work and the unemployment rate hovers at 8 percent nationally.

For local graduates, the scenario isn't much better. The unemployment rate among 20- to 24-year olds in New York City was 14.9 percent, for the 12-month period ending in April, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The city's overall unemployment rate is 9.4 percent.

The numbers don't tell the whole story. WNYC wants to hear from you - the Class of 2012 - to tell us how it feels to graduate during this moment in history. Is it terrifying? Full of possibility? You tell us.

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Comments [3]

Alyse La Padula from SUNY purchase

It is an exciting moment graduating!

May. 18 2012 02:53 PM
Gussie Parker from New Jersey

With the Tryon Martin Case I do feel that if you have a gun you’re not the one calling for help. I also feel that the one calling for help would be the one with out the gun. If Zimmerman was calling for help and he had a gun, he should not have gotten out of the car if he felt afraid. Sorry most men would not cry out for help if they have a gun. Sorry.

May. 18 2012 09:35 AM
Christopher Goscinski from Morris Plain, NJ

Love WNYC and NPR.

May. 16 2012 01:28 PM

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