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The job market isn’t where we want it to be, but thankfully, it’s not where it used to be.

According to the Associated Press, data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows that employers expect to hire 5.2 percent more college graduates. Of course, it’s down from last year’s healthy 10 percent increase, but it’s still a noteworthy improvement. More and more employers are seeking out potential candidates at college job fairs and posting about their company vacancies on university job boards, which is good news for the class of 2016.

Unfortunately, while the positions may be available, it’s likely that they’re attached to less-than-desirable salaries. According to the NACE salaries are up for in-demand jobs like computer engineers; however, they’re down for those in communications and the social sciences.

“I haven’t really seen salaries increase by much at all — and certainly not enough for me to say that employers are swaying kids to their companies with more money,” Victoria Nauta, who is associate director of the career development center at William Paterson University in Wayne, told The Record.

Not to fret, though. The hardest part is getting your foot in the door, but right now might not be a bad time to read up on the art of negotiating.

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