This might be a little optimistic, but maybe recent college graduates will have a slightly easier time finding jobs than their counterparts last year. Despite extensive gloom and doom coverage of unemployment in recent months, companies may start hiring again.

According to a recent press release by EMC Research:

The economic outlook for new graduates is very promising. Three out of four companies are planning to hire new graduates in the coming year and 23 percent plan to hire more than last year. 17 percent of employers say they will hire more than 10 people, and only 12 percent of companies say they will hire fewer recent graduates this year than last. In addition, employers from all regions of the country have plans to hire new graduates. Seventy-seven percent of companies in the South, 76 percent in the West, 72 percent in the Northeast, and 70 percent in the Midwest report plans to hire new graduates this year.

What caused the turnaround? That’s unclear, but the businesses who said they’re very likely to hire include “car companies, pharmaceutical companies, insurance agencies, and municipalities and government agencies.”

No word yet on how much they’re planning to pay these new graduates or what sort of benefits plans they’ll offer.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer