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Following Record Jobs Report, Fewer Than Ever Know Someone Unemployed

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The latest jobs report released Friday shows unemployment at a 49-year low, and fewer Americans than ever now know someone out of work.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 41% of American Adults know someone who is out of work and looking for a job, down from May’s previous low of 46%. Before that, the number of Americans who knew someone who was unemployed never dropped below 50%. Fifty percent (50%) now say they don’t know anyone unemployed and looking for work, a new all-time high, while 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 7-8, 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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