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NACE’s Job Outlook 2011 Fall Preview survey shows that the hiring outlook for the college Class of 2011 is positive in all regions of the country.

Overall, employers expect to hire 13.5 percent more new grads from the Class of 2011 than they hired from the Class of 2010. By region, employers in the West project the biggest increase compared with last year, followed by employers in the Midwest.

The survey also found that employers expect to do the majority of their hiring in the fall, continuing a trend toward locking in candidates early.

The Job Outlook 2011 Fall Preview survey was conducted among NACE employer members July 26 - August 20, 2010; 197, or 23.4 percent, responded. By region, 25.9 percent of the respondents represent organizations in the Northeast, 27.9 percent are from the Southeast, 32.5 percent are from the Midwest, and 13.7 percent are from the West.

NACE will continue to monitor the job market for the Class of 2011 through a monthly poll that begins in October; results will be published in Spotlight and on NACEWeb. In addition, NACE is currently surveying employers about their recruiting practices and preferences, anticipated salaries and benefits, and more and will report those findings in November through an expanded Job Outlook 2011 report.