74% of employed Americans are happy with their work, but 24% are worried about losing their job.
22% report their companies are hiring, but nearly as many (21%) say their employer is laying people off. Still, with the exception of last October, the number of reported hirings has outnumbered reported layoffs for nearly a year now.
Americans are evenly divided over the state of the current job market: 25% think it’s better than a year ago, but another 25% think it’s worse. 48% say it's about the same.
Adults are similarly divided over the future job picture: 27% think unemployment will be higher in a year, while another 27% think it will be lower. 39% expect unemployment to remain about the same.
Men are more pessimistic about the current job market than women are, but the two are in general agreement about the future.
Older adults are more critical of the job market than those under 40. Thirty percent (30%) of those ages 40 to 64 expect the unemployment rate to be worse a year from now, compared to just 24% of those who are younger.
38% of voters think President Obama is doing a good job when it comes to job creation, but just as many (38%) rate his performance in this area as poor.