A government survey has shown that 78.2 percent of high school students hoping to work after their graduation next spring had secured job offers as of the end of October.

The figure rose 1 percentage point from a year before, up for the ninth straight year, according to the education ministry survey released Friday.

“The number of job openings is increasing, as companies remain eager” to hire more workers, a ministry official said.

Next spring, 1,060,300 high school students are set to graduate. Of the total, 186,790 students are looking to start working right after graduation. Employment offers were secured by 146,031 job-seeking students.

The job-securing rate rose 1 percentage point to 79.1 percent for male students and 0.9 point to 76.7 percent for female students.

The rate was highest for students in technical courses at 89.8 percent, followed by those in commerce courses at 83.7 percent and those in agricultural courses at 81 percent. The lowest rate was 65.9 percent for students in general courses.

By prefecture, Aichi had the highest rate at 90.1 percent, followed by Mie at 89.7 percent and Toyama at 88.8 percent.

Okinawa had the lowest rate at 46.8 percent, followed by Hokkaido at 61.6 percent and Kochi at 67.7 percent.

Of the three northeastern prefectures hit hardest by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Iwate saw its rate unchanged at 82.8 percent. The figure for Miyagi dropped 0.8 point to 72.4 percent, while that for Fukushima rose 0.3 point to 82.9 percent.

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