Friday, January 28, 2011
The overwhelming majority of Americans continue to know someone who is out of work and looking for a job, but the number who believe unemployment will be higher one year from now is at its lowest level in over a year. Confidence in the current job market also has reached a recent high.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 22% of Adults believe unemployment will be higher one year from now. That’s down from 27% last October and 34% in March. In December 2009, 29% expected unemployment to be higher in one year’s time.
Thirty-six percent (36%) now expect the employment rate to be lower in a year, also the most optimistic result found in over a year. The same number (36%) expects unemployment to be about the same in one year’s time. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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