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71% of Utah Natives Stay in State After College Graduation

71% of Utah Natives Stay in State After College Graduation



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Most Utah college students stay in the state after graduation.

That's according to a report by the Utah Foundation.

The report released yesterday shows 71 percent of Utah natives who graduate from state colleges are staying close to home.

Utah Foundation executive director Stephen Kroes says one reason students stay here after graduation is to be close to family. He says they also stay because of Utah's recreational opportunities, "nice" communities and low cost of living, all quality-of-life issues.

Kroes says out of the 29 percent of Utah natives who do leave after graduation the reasons are mostly economic. He says the reasons are fewer quality job opportunities, low wage and salary levels and weak networks for finding jobs.

The non-profit foundation's report is based on a survey of 2004 graduates.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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