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One in three high school students looking to start work in April had failed to find a job as of Dec. 31, suggesting this is the toughest job market ever faced by graduating students, according to a survey released Friday by the education ministry.

Just 66.3 percent of students had secured employment, down 1.5 percentage points from a year earlier. This figure marks a slight increase from the 60.3 percent recorded in a survey Nov. 30 by the labor ministry.

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