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30% of Workers Looking For Job Outside Current Company

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The number of employees looking for a new employer has reached its highest level in nearly two years.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 30% of employed Americans are looking for a job outside their current company.

That's up nine points from November and three points from the previous high of 27% last August.

Still, most workers (65%) are not looking for a job outside their current company. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But a plurality (44%) still believes staying with their current company offers the best opportunity for employment. Thirty-six percent (36%) say going to work for someone else offers the best chance for advancement. The number that says staying in their current job offers the best opportunity has ranged from 41% to 51% over the past two years.

Whatever happens, most workers (67%) say leaving their job will their choice. Eighteen percent (18%) say it will be their employer's choice, while 15% are not sure. Those results are similar to those found in past surveys.

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The survey of 450 Employed Adults was conducted on March 5-6, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5 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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