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50% Say U.S. Job Market Worse Now Than A Year Ago

Overall confidence in the U.S. job market is at its lowest level in two years.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 50% of American Adults think the U.S. job market is worse now than it was a year ago. That's up 11 points from June and the highest negative finding since August 2009.

Only 13% of Americans believe the job market is better than it was last year at this time. That’s down from 21% in June and also the lowest finding in two years. This finding ranged from a low of six percent (6%) in August 2009 to a high of 24% in January of this year.

Thirty-four percent (34%) say the job market is about the same as it was a year ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

For the second month in a row, 31% of Americans believe the national unemployment rate will be higher one year from now, which ties the highest finding since last June.  Twenty-nine percent (29%) think the unemployment rate will be lower, while 32% say it will be about the same in a year’s time.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 4-5, 2011 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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