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Long slog for recession graduates

Economists say students who entered the job market in 2010 and 2011 took a 19% pay cut from what they could have expected without a recession. By Steve Matthews and Jeanna Smialek

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STUCK Paralegal Nickole Gambrill says 'I've been here for three years, but I still consider myself entry-level'. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

NICKOLE Gambrill is still paying the price for graduating college at the wrong time. She and other students who earned diplomas in the aftermath of the deepest US recession since the 1930s are experiencing an earnings hangover that could last a lifetime, even as the labour market heals.

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