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Suicides among young people who fail to land jobs after college have soared 2.5-fold in the past five years as companies pared hiring amid the recession, underlining the difficulty of launching a career if not hired straight out of school.

According to statistics by the National Police Agency, 150 people under 30 committed suicide for this reason last year, nine fewer than in 2010. The figure in 2007 was 60.

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