The Jobless Generation

Photograph by Christian Als for TIME

Rebels with a cause Unemployed youths take to the streets of Madrid during a general strike in March

Alex Rodríguez Toscano thought he had prepared himself well to compete in the 21st century. For five years, the Spanish economics major studied hard at Madrid's University of Carlos III, taking the most complicated mathematics courses and polishing the three foreign languages he speaks. But after graduating in February 2011, Rodríguez discovered that even those desirable qualifications mean little in today's distressed global economy. For eager college grads in crisis-hit Spain, where more than half of all young people are out of work, finding a job is almost impossible. Rodríguez has tried his best, sending 88 résumés to organizations...

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