Published: May 18, 2011 3:58 PM EDT
Updated: May 18, 2011 3:58 PM EDT

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A Rutgers University poll finds that the most recent graduates are stuck taking lower-paying jobs that are less likely to offer health insurance.

The poll of 571 graduates of public and private four-year schools found just over half have full-time jobs. They were graduates from 2006 to 2010.

Just under half say their first jobs didn't really require bachelor's degrees and nearly half say their parents are helping them financially.

The poll found those who graduated between 2006 and 2008 fared better than those who graduated in 2009 or 2010.

The earlier grads were paid about $3,000 a year more in their first jobs.

And 88 percent of them received health insurance, compared with 77 percent of the more recent grads.

The sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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