UNC students looking for a job after graduation have reason to be optimistic.
Not only has the unemployment rate for 2011 UNC graduates dropped to 7.4 percent, but more schools are recruiting at the Fall Job and Internship Expo this year.
For 2010 graduates, immediately after graduation the unemployment peaked at 12.6 percent.
“I think it’s fantastic news,” said Jeff Sackaroff, associate director of University Career Services.
“I think it shows the caliber of our students and just how we’re a target school for our employers,” he said.
Tim Stiles, associate director of University Career Services, said the consistently growing number of employers registered for the Fall Expo is a good sign.
“I think what it really is saying too is that the job market is getting better for college graduates.”
Stiles called recent college graduates a bellwether for overall employment trends.
“Hiring for the 19- to 22-year-old range comes out of a recession faster than other hiring. Part of it is just because you guys are less expensive labor,” he said.