College graduates this spring should have an easier time finding a job than last year's class, according to a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Employers responding to the survey said they expect to hire 8.6 percent more graduates from the class of 2014 for their U.S. operations than they had initially planned. That's an increase in projected hiring over that recorded for the class of 2013, when businesses surveyed expected to hire only 2.1 percent more of that year's grads than they planned for.
"It shows some employer optimism in the job market," said Dan Black, president of NACE and the Americas director of recruiting at EY (formerly Ernst & Young).
Black said that because businesses tend to be conservative in their outlook, the actual number of grads getting jobs could be higher.
"The students graduating this spring have had front-row seats to a soft economy," Black added. "But we've seen more employers recruiting on campuses around the country, and I think this will translate into jobs."