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More encouraging news on the job front! Particularly for the Class of 2012, about to enter the full-time workforce in less than a month.

Massachusetts employers last month (March) added 8,700 jobs, after increasing payrolls by 7,200 jobs in February, and nearly 14,000 in January. The figures were reported by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development last week.

The Commonwealth's unemployment rate for March fell to 6.5 percent from 6.9 percent in February. The state unemployment rate, now at the lowest level since November 2008, remains well below the national jobless rate of 8.2 percent.

Economists said the jobs picture in Massachusetts has been brighter than they expected in the first three months of this year. The state has added nearly 30,000 jobs through the first three months of the year.

"This is a really positive employment report," said Northeastern University economics professor Alan Clayton-Matthews. "We have three months of consistently high results, so that's a pretty good indication that we've had at least moderate job growth."

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Good news for the Class of 2012!

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers expect to hire 10.2 percent more new college graduates from the college Class of 2012 than they did from the Class of 2011. This data comes from NACE's Job Outlook 2012 Spring Update.  

That's up from the 9.5 percent hiring increase employers projected for the Class of 2012 when polled in September. This is the second consecutive year in which employers have adjusted their hiring expectations upward.

Check out more information and Job Seeker Resources on the NACE website

If you're a senior and want assistance tuning up for the job market -- resume, cover letter, networking and interviewing skills -- contact us at the CEC and set up and appointment with a career coach. 

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On March 28 the Career Education Center hosted over 30 employers and over 130 students for the annual Simmons Spring Career & Internship Fair.

The 3-hour event, held in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, included organizations from a range of different industries, including:

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • Children's Hospital
  • Comcast Spotlight
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Next Step Living
  • Pearson Education
  • Perkins School for the Blind
  • Road Scholar (shown above)

. . .and many more!  
Check out the photo album of the Fair on our Facebook page, or visit the CEC Facebook page and "Like" us!