OMAHA, Neb.

College graduates will be hitting a hot job market this spring if they’re ready to begin their careers, counselors and recruiters said.

“The market’s pretty phenomenal for our students right now,” said Bill Watts, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s director of advising and career services. He said graduates have better chances this year to land good jobs than he’s seen in 20 years.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers said last month that hiring of college graduates will go up 10.7% this year from last year, the Omaha World-Herald reported .

The United States’ unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent last month, Nebraska’s to 2.8% and Iowa’s to 2.4%. That means there’s a comparatively small supply of prospective employees available, workforce experts said.

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