More than two-thirds of the mainland's 6.1 million fresh graduates have found jobs, according to its education authority. But a recent survey and online forums have cast doubt over the official figures. The Ministry of Education said 68 per cent of graduates were employed as of the end of last month. And the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said more than 5.69 million urban jobs were created, with 4.15 million graduates finding employment. 'The feedback from graduates has been quite positive,' ministry spokesman Yin Chengji said. But a survey of 444,000 fresh graduates from 3,000 institutes of higher learning by Mycos HR Digital Information found only 40 per cent of degree holders and 33 per cent of diploma holders had found jobs. Mycos president Wang Boqing said state figures were inflated by counting interns, graduate students and part-time jobs. He said schools embellished figures, since post-graduation employment is a sign of how much public money they are eligible for. Meanwhile, a Xian college student who found out he had been hired by a fictional company wrote a post on popular forum Tianya, which drew responses of similar tales. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has taken note of the suspicions and will 'seriously take a look at the issue,' a spokesman said. According to a former principal of a Guangdong vocational college, Zhu Yinghua, making up employment numbers is a common occurrence. 'I did make up numbers to give our employment rate a little boost. 'And I'm 100 per cent sure that I was not the only principal doing it. 'It is the worst-kept secret in China's education industry,' she said.