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  • 74% of employed Americans are happy with their work, but 24% are worried about losing their job.

    Employment Index
  • 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.

    Hiring/Laying off
  • 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.

    Job Market Compared to Past
  • 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.

    Future Job Picture
  • Men are more pessimistic about the current job market than women are, but the two are in general agreement about the future.

    Men vs. Women
  • 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.

    Age and Job Market
  • 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.

    Obama on Job Creation
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Friday, January 10, 2014

What America Thinks of the Job Market

As the new year begins, what does America think about the state of the job market?

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