Posted April 18, 2013 by

Employers Expect to Hire 2.1% More Grads, Down From 13% In Fall

Marilyn Mackes of the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Marilyn Mackes of NACE

Employers say they expect their college hiring levels to remain relatively flat, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Employers taking part in NACE’s Job Outlook Spring Update survey say they will hire 2.1 percent more new college grads from the Class of 2013 than they hired from the Class of 2012. That’s down from the 13 percent increase they projected in the fall of 2012.

Among respondents, nearly half say they plan to hire more new grads from this class than from the 2012 class, but more than one-third report plans to hire fewer new grads than they did a year ago.

“The new projection is consistent with recent job reports that show job growth is less than anticipated,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.

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