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Quincy University Students Watch "State of the Union" Address

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The economy was a big focus of the president's speech, specifically job growth.

And for one group, the message rang loud and clear.

College students are worried about a successful career after graduation if things don't change. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than fifty percent of college grads are either unemployed or working a job that doesn't require a degree.

Quincy University senior Rob Schmittgens had one thing on his mind while watching the president's speech tonight. Jobs.

He was looking for the president to drive home signs of a better economy. With less than one semester until graduation, Schmittgens says the stress of finding a job is weighing on seniors. "I know a lot of my friends are sending out job applications and going to job fairs and are trying to find a solid entry level job, and I know some are having success but others are struggling," he said.

Freshman Natalie Nisbet says even if she does get a job, the economy could affect her in other ways post-graduation.

"How much am I going to get paid, how much insurance and things like that am I going to be able to get, and the prices of things will rise and my salary probably won't," she said.

QU professor Justin Coffey says the speech was President Obama's chance to drive home his message for his second term. He says turning around the sluggish economy will be a challenge.

"The Republicans still control the House of Representatives, so getting an economic package to pass through Congress is going to be very difficult," he said.

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