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40% See Better Job In Their Future

Thursday, July 07, 2011

American workers are more confident that their next job will be better than their current one, but most still aren’t looking for other work just yet.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 596 Employed Adults shows that 40% believe their next job will be better than their current job. That’s up six points from May and is the highest level recorded since April 2009. Eighteen percent (18%) say their next job will not be better than their current one, while the same number (18%) say they plan on retiring. Another 23% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Over the past year, the number of workers that said their next job would be better ranged from 27% to 34%.

Forty-one percent (41%) believe staying with their current company provides the best opportunity for career advancement, also down six points from May and the lowest finding since January 2010. Nearly as many (37%) say going to work for someone else provides the best opportunity, up six points over the past two months. Another 22% aren’t sure which option provides the best path to career advancement.

Still, only 28% of working adults say they are currently looking for work outside their current job, a finding that has ranged from 21% to 30% since April 2009. Most workers (68%) say they are not looking for work elsewhere.

Seventy-two percent (72%) remain confident that it will be their choice when they leave their current job, showing no change from last month. Eighteen percent (18%) believe it will be their employer’s choice when they leave their job. Another 10% aren’t sure.

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The survey of 596 Employed Adults was conducted on July 5-6, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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