The job market for fresh California college grads can still be brutal.
The vast majority of college graduates are able to find work, but a large number are underemployed. Roughly 245,000 California college graduates age 30 and under worked on the front lines of the food service, clerical, sales and personal services industries in 2012. That's roughly one in four new college graduates, the latest census figures show.
The trend, which gained steam during the economic downturn that began in 2007, can be seen clearly in a sharp rise in college graduates working as waiters and waitresses.
About 14,000 young college graduates held jobs as waiters and waitresses in 2012, almost triple the number that worked as waiters and waitresses in 2000.
These charts detail the trend.
Notes: Excludes college graduates currently enrolled in school. College major information in second chart subject to high sampling error.