Job Outlook: College Hiring to Increase 9.6%

Employers are nudging up their initial hiring projections for this year’s college class as they now plan to hire 9.6 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2015 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2014, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update.

Employers responding to the Job Outlook 2015 survey last November indicated that they planned to hire 8.3 percent more college graduates this year than they did last year. (See Figure 1.)

In addition to the gains in overall hiring reported in the Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update, more than 55 percent of respondents are planning to increase their individual hiring numbers, up from 46 percent in the fall. (See Figure 2.)

Data for the Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update survey were collected from February 9, 2015, through March 23, 2015. A total of 162 surveys were returned for a 15.7 percent response rate.

NACE Job Outlook Hiring Projections 2015

NACE hiring plans

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