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Overall job outlook may take Iowa's grads out of state

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The job market may look bright, but that doesn't guarantee all college graduates in Iowa will work in the state.

The national picture shows college graduates are able to find work, but according to school officials, Iowa jobs may be more scarce. University of Iowa President Sally Mason told Radio Iowa roughly 60 percent of out-of-state students who graduate from Iowa don't stay in the state after graduation. She said more might choose to stay if they could find jobs within Iowa's borders.

Widen the scope, however, and one will see a fairly decent job market. Experts say the nation's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in five and a half years. According to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies plan to hire about nine percent more graduates from the class of 2014 than they did last year.

The organization also reports engineering, business and accounting are a few fields aggressively hiring college graduates.
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