Job Outlook Modestly Brighter For New Grads

The employment outlook for new grads is sunny—without being what you’d call exactly blinding.

So say companies that responded to a spring survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), who reported they will increase their hiring of new college grads this year. Overall, an increase of slightly more than 2 percent is forecast, according to NACE. More than a third of respondents, however, said they planned to cut back hiring.

The slight increase represents a significant drop from what employers had projected in the fall of 2012, the last time NACE issued its Job Outlook report. At that time respondents said they expected to hire 13 percent more new grads from the class of 2013 than they hired from the class of 2012.

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