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2013 college graduates have better chance for job

PHOENIX — There may be good news for upcoming college graduates. A new survey said there’s a better chance they’ll get a job when they leave college.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers, based in Bethlehem, Pa., surveyed several companies. “Their expectations are to hire 13 percent more college graduates this year than they did last year,” said the association’s Edwin Koc.

Koc said about 38 percent of employers have hiring plans already in place for next spring. That’s up about four percent from last year. He said several fields will see more hiring.

“Accounting is very strong, finance is very strong, the engineering disciplines are very strong, and computer science is very strong,” Koc said.

According to Koc, employers are more optimistic. “They say the business climate improving,” Koc said. “In particular, they see their own business climate improving.”

The association said companies are looking for people with bachelor’s degrees to fill the positions.