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Job prospects looking up for college students

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A new study released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers says there is now at least a small ray of hope for students finding more work than in years past.

Average starting salaries are down, and employers plan to make only 5 percent more job offers to new graduates this spring compared to last spring, when job offers were down 20 percent from 2008 levels, according to the study, but students say any glimmer of hope is worth holding on to as we enter the summer hiring season.

 Senator Patty Murray also announced today that the Youth Summer Jobs Program in Washington State is expected to receive 1-billion dollars this summer. Murray says the program could help more than 5,000 young people in Washington State find jobs.