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JACKSONVILLE, Fla-- We've seen the numbers on how tough it is for college graduates to find work, but it is even tougher for high school graduates to get jobs in this economy.

A recent survey done by researchers at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development atRutgers University found that only 3 in 10 high school graduates are employed full time.

When compared to college graduates who are employed at nearly twice that rate.

Since not all high school students can afford to go to colle, career academies are working to help high school students get an edge in the job market. Duval County Public Schools has 38 different career academies with around 7,000 students enrolled.

"They can hopefully graduate with their industry certification and that gives them a leg up when applying for jobs," said Chris Force the director of career and technical education for Duval County Public Schools.

Force says the most popular programs are finance, health and medical and culinary arts.

The academies run during the school year, but students can intern during the summer to further their skills.