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Americans See Brighter Employment Picture

The overwhelming majority of Americans continue to know someone who is out of work and looking for a job, but the number who believe unemployment will be higher one year from now is at its lowest level in over a year. Confidence in the current job market also has reached a recent high.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 22% of Adults believe unemployment will be higher one year from now. That’s down from 27% last October and 34% in March. In  December 2009, 29% expected unemployment to be higher in one year’s time.

Thirty-six percent (36%) now expect the employment rate to be lower in a year, also the most optimistic result found in over a year. The same number (36%) expects unemployment to be about the same in one year’s time. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on January 24-25, 2011 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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