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Andrea Koncz, ext. 121, 610.868.1421
May 2, 2019
Employers Expect to Increase College Hiring by 10.7 Percent
BETHLEHEM, PA—Employers plan to hire 10.7 percent more graduates from the Class of 2019 than they did from the Class of 2018 for positions in the United States, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
The projection reported by NACE employer members responding to the Job Outlook 2019 Spring Update survey is down from the 16.6 percent increase that they originally projected in fall 2018, but the current projection is still very encouraging. (See Figure 1.)
Both fall and spring hiring projections for Class of 2019 graduates are in the double-digits, making this the first time since 2011 that this has occurred.
Another sign of the positive results this year: Just one year ago, respondents were planning an overall decrease in college hiring of 1.3 percent.
Figure 1: Job Outlook Hiring Projections by College Class, 2011 – 2019*
About the Job Outlook 2019 Spring Update survey: The Job Outlook 2019 Spring Update survey was conducted from February 27 – March 29, 2019; the survey was sent to 921 NACE employer members; 155, or 16.8 percent responded. The survey updates hiring projections for the Class of 2019; those projections were collected from NACE employer members from August 1 – October 8, 2018, and reported in the Job Outlook 2019 survey, published in November 2018.
About NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit www.naceweb.org. NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media.