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Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point since November 2008.  In April, unemployment was  7.2%.

Limestone and Madison Counties had some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

Even with this good news for the state, college graduates are having a tough time finding work. About 53% of all college graduates are jobless or underemployed - underemployed meaning they're working in jobs that don't necessarily require a college degree.

"There`s this misconception that once a student walks across that stage at graduation, there`ll be a job just waiting for them, just waiting in the parking lot for them. Unfortunately, that`s not the case, said Michael Radden, with Alabama A&M's Career Development Services.

In the current economy, no longer can students start thinking about jobs in their senior year.

"I think from the time they are a freshman they need to go ahead and develop an exit strategy. And what I mean is they need to go ahead and start thinking when I get this degree, what next?" advised Radden.

That means building a resume, attending career fairs, interning, and networking with people working in the desired field.

Working to make the grades can be time-consuming, and can make it difficult to plan for years in advance, but Radden says the initiative pays off in a big way.

"The ones that do this - it never fails - those are the ones that come to me and say 'Mr. Radden, guess what? I got hired'."

Every student at AAMU is required to sign up with CDS to graduate.
But the you don't have to be a student to take advantage of their resources. The public can sign up with them for a one time fee of $35.