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  • Offer Rate Points to Best Job Market Since 2007

    May 13, 2019 | By NACE Staff

    Trends & Predictions
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    Graduating seniors from the Class of 2019 are experiencing the best job market for new college graduates since 2007, according to NACE’s Class of 2019 Student Survey.

    Survey results show that graduating college seniors who had applied for full-time jobs received an average of 1.10 job offers, the highest rate of average job offers in 12 years.

    In addition, data from the Class of 2019 Student Survey support the findings of other NACE surveys. For example, the Job Outlook 2019 Spring Update reported that 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.

    NACE’s Class of 2019 Student Survey was conducted from February 13, 2019 to April 30, 2019. A total of 22,367 students across bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and all year levels at colleges and universities nationwide took part; the focus of the report and this release are the 3,951 bachelor’s degree students who indicated that they are graduating during the 2018-19 academic school year (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019), and were thus members of the Class of 2019. The Class of 2019 Student Survey report will be available this summer. 

    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.