Posted By: Deanna DeBenedictis

The jobs outlook to start 2015 is positive both nationally and locally. According to several different polls, companies across all industries will be hiring in the coming year, and activity will be vigorous in the financial services and insurance industries.

In Massachusetts, hiring slowed some in December, but, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts, employer confidence is at its highest level since 2007, and nearly four times as many Massachusetts employers anticipate hiring as opposed to cutting staff (33 percent to 9 percent) in the first half of the year.

A Harris Poll conducted in November among nearly 2,200 U.S. hiring managers reported that 42 percent of employers in financial services will be hiring full-time, permanent employees this year, second only to information technology.

The stronger jobs market will likely create more competition for the top candidates, but that doesn't mean bad news for 2015 graduates. A recruiting trends survey from Michigan State University's College Employment Research Institute reported it will be a strong market for this spring's graduates. The survey estimates that hiring of graduates with MBAs will jump by about 38 percent over 2013.

It also reports that IT and finance are the industries that will be among the hiring leaders for graduates with bachelor's degrees.

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