2014 grads

Good news, class of ’14: You might find jobs after all. That’s according to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) that indicates U.S. companies are planning on hiring more new grads this year than they did in 2013. Specifically, Black Enterprise reports, companies are looking to increase hiring of new graduates by 8.6 percent.

The NACE conducts these types of studies in the fall and spring of each year, and the organization comprises U.S. firms from across the country. Here’s the breakdown: 21.7 percent are from the Northeast; 31.7 percent are from the Midwest; and 18.6 are from the West.

What fields are these companies most interested in? Perhaps not surprisingly, more than half of the respondents are in the market for young workers with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business fields, engineering, and/or computer science. The findings bode well for students matriculating from grad school, too, as more than half of the companies surveyed said they’re planning on hiring master’s level candidates.

Some other promising data: Less than 30 percent are cutting back on hiring; less than 10 percent wrapped up their hiring of college students back in the fall; and more than two-thirds are in search of full-time interns.

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