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Graduating P.H.D. and Masters students head towards Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto on Friday, June 15, 2012.

matthew sherwood The Globe and Mail

The summer may be  hot, but the student job market certainly isn't.

The percentage of young people working this June has dropped to lows not seen since the economic downturn of 2009, Statistics Canada said last week.

The unemployment rate for people aged 20 to 24  is 13 per cent, well below with the overall jobless rate of 7.2 per cent. The numbers are even worse for students aged 17 to 19: 17.3 per cent are unemployed, a 3.5-per-cent increase from last year.

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Iris Unger, executive director of the Montreal-based Youth Employment Services, joined us to answer questions and offer tips on how to tackle a tough job market.

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