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Fewer Than Ever Now Know Someone Out of Work

Friday, May 11, 2018

The number of Americans who know someone who is looking for work or has given up the search has hit its lowest level yet, while confidence in the job market remains near record highs.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of American Adults know someone who is out of work and looking for a job, down from the previous low of 53% in November and the lowest in regular surveying since early 2010. This number peaked at 82% in December 2011. Another 47% now say they do not know anyone out of work and looking for a job, up seven points from November’s previous high. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 6-7, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 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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