Employers expect to hire 13 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2013 than they did from the Class of 2012, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2013 survey.

Employers in the areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing; computer and electronics manufacturing; retail trade; finance, insurance and real estate; management consulting, and professional services anticipate double-digit increases in hiring, the survey revealed.

Early projections show employers plan to target business-, engineering-, and computer-related degrees at the bachelor’s level during the 2012-13

college recruiting season. This year, 37.6 percent of survey participants indicated plans to recruit in spring 2013, while 34.4 percent indicated plans to recruit in spring 2012.

The association also reported that data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics consistently shows that young people with college degrees fare better than those who did not earn diplomas. As of August, high school graduates age 25 and older had an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent, while those with a bachelor’s degree or better had an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

CASI plans Hat Bash on Nov. 15

The fourth annual Holiday Hat Bash will be 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 15 at Center for Active Seniors Inc., or CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport.

Proceeds are used to provide food baskets and gifts for seniors during the holiday season.

Hats are suggested, but optional, at the event where hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be prepared by chefs from area senior assisted living centers. There will be music, raffles and a hat contest.

Reservations are encouraged online, but walk-ins are welcome. Donations also are welcome by mail or on the website. Reservations before Nov. 9 pay a suggested $20 donation, which includes food and beverages. After that date, the suggested donation is $30.

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For information, call 563-386-7477 or 563-265-1429 or go to www.hatbash.com.

Physician opens medical practice

Dr. LeRoy Yates has opened Diamond Medical Spa & Vein at 3170 E. 53rd St., Davenport. He says it is a hybrid medical practice that features a full line of cosmetic procedures, including breast reductions and enhancements, liposuction, in addition to obstetrics and gynecology.

The practice can be contacted at 563- 275-4701.