You’re hired!

LANSING—Workers in all areas and especially college graduates in Michigan will have an easier time finding a job this year according to an employer survey recently released by Michigan State University, said Sen. John Proos.

“More jobs are a positive sign of a growing economy and outstanding news for Southwest Michigan families and workers,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “We have worked hard to create a positive business environment in Michigan that allows small businesses to grow and create jobs. This report is another illustration that our efforts are working, especially for recent college graduates and those investing in a college degree.”

According to the 2013-14 Recruiting Trends report, the number of employers planning to hire college graduates with a bachelor’s degree is up nearly 10 percent and the increase is 2 percent for hiring plans for all areas.

The survey found strong demand for workers in the areas of accounting, marketing, computer science, engineering, human resources and public relations.

The annual report by MSU is in its 43rd year and surveys almost 6,500 employers across the country, which makes it the largest in the nation for the college labor market.

“College degrees and all continuing education are critical for a successful career,” Proos said. “I remain committed to building upon our accomplishments to help create good, long-term jobs for our neighbors and our children. If your kids plan to go to college, a great way for Southwest Michigan residents to help make that dream come true is to give them the gift of higher education through a college savings plan.”

Proos said there are two main college savings plans to choose from in Michigan: The Michigan Education Trust (MET) is a prepaid plan that guarantees tuition and fees at Michigan public universities, and the Michigan Education Trust Plan (MESP) is a college savings plan that allows families to save for tuition, room and board, and more.

Both plans provide tax-free growth and a state income tax deduction for Michigan taxpayers. For more information, to give or to set up an account for a child, visit


Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at Click on “Podcasts.”