The class of 2012 will find one of the most welcoming job markets in years.

According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hiring is expected to climb 10.2%, up from 9.5% last year.

Still, competition for jobs in New Jersey is fierce.

"Its hard to find any job out there. I am definitely looking, but even with a bachelor's degree its tough," said Colin from Toms River, a senior at Ocean County College.

"Finding work in your field is not easy even though the economy is getting better" said Sarah from Manchester.

"I'm very worried and I graduate in a month so I'm not sure what I'm going to do" said Kelly from Brick.

The survey also found that competition from older adults laid off during the recession is easing.

"I have had a few interviews but it seems like companies aren't hiring the same way they were before the recession" said Bill from Seaside Heights.

The unemployment rate of recent college grads remains at 8.9%.