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Job-securing rate of university students hits record at 85%

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — About 85 percent of university students in the nation who are expected to graduate in spring next year had secured informal job offers as of Monday, hitting a record high, a private survey showed Friday.

The job-securing rate rose 3.3 percentage points from a year before to 85.1 percent, according to the survey by job-information provider Recruit Career Co.

The proportion of students still seeking job offers decreased 7.1 points to 28.5 percent, indicating that around 70 percent of students had already finished job hunting.

As many as 90.3 percent of students with science majors had secured informal job offers, with the rate of job-seeking students standing at 19.6 percent.

For students of humanities and social sciences, the job-securing rate came to 83.0 percent, while the proportion of those still hunting jobs stood at 32.2 percent.

The job-securing rate was higher in areas outside the Kanto region, including Tokyo.

Companies in local regions started recruitment in Tokyo, while the timing of such activities was moved forward in rural areas as well, a Recruit Career official said.Speech

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