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37% Think Unemployment Rate Will Be Same A Year From Now

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Americans express little optimism about the job market and feel more strongly these days that things are going to remain about the same.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 29% of American Adults think the unemployment rate will be lower a year from now. That’s down five points from 34% in early February, the highest level of optimism since January 2011, and more in line with views for the past couple years. Twenty-six percent (26%) expect unemployment to be higher in a year’s time, although that’s the lowest level of pessimism since last June.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) believe the unemployment rate will remain about the same. That’s up six points from three months ago and the highest number who expect unemployment to stand pat since late 2011. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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