National Association Of Colleges And Employers Hiring Index Shows Increase In Jobs For College Grads

Following a salary survey that gave accounting students something to cheer about, the National Association of Colleges and Employers has some good news for the rest of the class of 2011 -- February data shows that entry-level hiring is on the rise.

NACE's college hiring index -- scaled from 0 to 200, with 100 as a base indicating no change from the previous month -- revealed that from January to December 112 employer organizations reported what amounted to a jump in entry-level hiring from 120.9 to 126.3. This is the largest increase the NACE index has reported so far.

NACE further notes that 53.3 percent of survey respondents said they plan on hiring more college grads than they did last year, and that students should expect more aggressive on-campus recruiting.

And's Fourth Quarter 2010 Career Trend Analysis Report found that 78 percent of online classifieds are for positions that require less than one year of experience -- which, according to, might make entry-level jobs positions an area of growth following the 2008 recession.

The NACE index shows, however, that the 126.3 February figure still falls short of November 2010s reported hiring index, which weighed in at 127.7.

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