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UF's job fair paints an encouraging picture

Could the job market really be turning around? Sure seems that way, with unemployment recently dropping to the lowest level in more than two and a half years, at just under 10 percent. Need more reason to believe? Look to the two-day career fair at the University of Florida wrapping up today -- with 15 percent more employers attending this spring compared to last.

"They're saying that there are increases in hiring projections," said Heather White, director of UF's Career Resource Center. "They're trying to fill more and more positions quickly, which are all positive signs."

White expects that about 6,000 students will interview with the 272 companies on campus.

How many of those will actually get jobs as a result is a big unknown. UF is currently working on a university-wide exit survey to keep track of where its students end up after graduation, but it won't be ready until later this year, White said.

Still, their prospects are looking pretty good from where she stands.

"In spite of what you may hear sometimes," White said, "hiring is actually back in full force. We just tell them to be prepared and take advantage of all these opportunities."