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March 30, 2015

Study: Mass. among best for hiring college grads

Massachusetts is one of three states that provide college graduates with the highest likelihood of landing jobs, according to a report out of Georgetown University.

The study, done by the Center on Education and the Workforce at the Washington, D.C., school, said Delaware and Washington states are right up there with the Bay State.

The study found that graduates seeking work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – or the STEM fields - have the best chances of landing jobs in Delaware, Massachusetts and New York. The report looked at online job ads throughout the 50 states to reach its conclusion.

“The promise of this information is the ability to connect real people with real jobs in real time,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, lead author.

Employers in consulting, business and financial services post the most online ads for each college-educated worker. “By combining information on online job ads with traditional employment data we are able to get a more complete picture of job opportunities available to college graduates in each state,” said Tamara Jayasundera, co-author.

In Massachusetts, 63 percent of job openings are for college graduates, the study found.

The report also suggests that college graduates who are seeking jobs in consulting and business services should consider Delaware, Ohio and Massachusetts, while avoiding states such as Rhode Island, New Mexico and New Hampshire.

On the flip side of the study, college graduates are least likely of finding jobs in West Virginia, Rhode Island and South Carolina, with a 36 percent chance in each state. Graduates also have the worst odds of finding professional jobs in states such as West Virginia, Mississippi and South Carolina.

Brittany Lopriore is an editorial intern at the Worcester Business Journal.

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