College Hiring Rebounds 13.5 Percent for Class of 2011

September 14, 2010

From the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) Knowledge Center

College hiring is projected to rebound in time for the Class of 2011 to feel the effects. Employers taking part in NACE’s Job Outlook 2011 Fall Preview survey anticipate hiring 13.5 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2011 than they hired from the Class of 2010.

While the overall hiring projection is positive, less than half of those surveyed anticipate an actual uptick in hiring. In fact, just under 48 percent of responding employers expect to increase their hiring; 40 percent expect to maintain their hiring levels, bringing on approximately the same number of 2011 grads as they did from the Class of 2010. Approximately 12 percent anticipate cutting college hiring further. (See Figure 1.)

Complete results from the survey will be available later this month through NACEWeb.

Figure 1: College hiring plans by percent of responding employers

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