High school students hoping to begin work after spring graduation are facing the nation’s severest employment conditions ever, with just 50.7 percent of them having found post-graduation jobs as of the end of October, according to an education ministry survey released Monday.

The employment rate for high school students stands at its lowest point since the ministry began conducting the survey in 1976, down 4.8 percentage points from the previous low in 1999 and down 5.6 points from a year earlier.

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