Come June, college grads better be ready to stash their diplomas and get to work. The economy's picking up and employers are looking to hire these newly minted workhorses.

That's the word from a survey of 100 HR professionals conducted by Challenger, Gray and Christmas. The bottom line: 64 percent of respondents said they'd be hiring from among the 1.8 million 2014 college grads.

Now, Challenger Gray noted that this is Year One of its college recruitment survey, so there aren't figures to compare against from prior years.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.