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March 8, 2007

Increased Hiring Expectations Boost Chicago Worker Confidence

Confidence among Chicago workers rose in February after a two-month decline. The city’s Hudson Employment Index (SM) is 6.3 points higher than January at 98.7. An increase in hiring expectations and improved sentiment regarding personal finances triggered the uptick. The city’s reading is virtually the same as last February’s when it registered 98.5. The composite Index, which is based on responses from approximately 9,000 workers nationwide, rose 2.9 points this month to 107.1.

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March 8, 2007

Dallas Worker Confidence Rebounds in February

After two consecutive months of decline, worker confidence increased in Dallas, as the city’s Hudson Employment Index (SM) rose 8.8 points to 114.9 in February. An increase in employees who said their finances were better coupled with greater job satisfaction contributed to the rise. The latest reading is 4.7 points less than last February’s Index of 119.6. The composite Index, which is based on responses from approximately 9,000 workers nationwide, rose 2.9 points this month to 107.1.

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March 8, 2007

LA Worker Confidence Hits Record High

Worker confidence reached its highest reading for Los Angeles in February, as the city’s Hudson Employment Index (SM) jumped 10.7 points to 113.0. Increased job satisfaction, greater hiring expectations and improved sentiments about finances drove the rise. The latest reading is higher than one year ago when LA’s Index was 106.2. The composite Index, which is based on responses from approximately 9,000 workers nationwide, rose 2.9 points this month to 107.1.

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March 8, 2007

Twin Cities Workers’ Confidence Hits Record High

The Hudson Employment Index (SM) for Minneapolis-St. Paul rose 3.8 points to 113.0, hitting a record high for the area. This month’s increase was primarily fueled by workers feeling better about their finances and reporting greater hiring expectations. The latest reading is dramatically higher than one year ago, when the Index was 104.0. The composite Index, based on responses from approximately 9,000 workers nationwide, rose 2.9 points this month to 107.1.

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March 8, 2007

Job Security Concerns Drag Down Worker Confidence in NYC

The Hudson Employment Index (SM) for New York City dropped one point to 89.3 in February. Heightened concern about job loss drove the decrease in employee sentiment. New York City’s latest reading, however, is well above last February’s Index of 85.7. In sharp contrast, the composite Index, which is based on responses from approximately 9,000 workers nationwide, rose 2.9 points this month to 107.1.

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March 8, 2007

Philadelphia Worker Confidence Climbs for Fourth Straight Month

Worker confidence in Philadelphia improved for the fourth consecutive month in February, as the city’s Hudson Employment Index (SM) rose 1.2 points to 92.8. Improved perceptions of finances prompted the uptick, but they were offset by a decrease in job satisfaction. Despite the gain, the city’s measure of worker sentiment is down over 11 points from last February, when it registered 104.1. The composite Index, which is based on responses from approximately 9,000 workers nationwide, rose 2.9 points this month to 107.1.

March 7, 2007

Most View Big Three Auto Companies Positively

Despite a long-term slump in the auto industry-hitting jobs hardest in Michigan-most Americans view the country's big auto makers at least somewhat favorably. An overwhelming majority (84%) say the U.S. auto industry is at least somewhat important to the financial stability of the national economy overall, with 49% saying it is "very important."

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March 7, 2007

Workers and Managers Agree -- More Hiring on the Way

The Hudson Employment Index (SM) improved for the second consecutive month in February, climbing 2.9 points to 107.1. An increase in the number of workers forecasting hiring primarily triggered the rise, supported by the third month-over-month improvement in workers' perceptions of their finances.

March 2, 2007

Poll: 49% Say Taxes Worse Than Going to Dentist

It’s not just the money that aggravates people about taxes, it’s the process. Forty-nine percent (49%) of American adults say that filling out income tax paperwork is worse than going to the dentist. It’s not just the money that aggravates people about taxes, it’s the process.

March 1, 2007

Discover Small Business Watch (SM): Small Business Economic Confidence Remains Steady

Small business owners’ confidence in the American economy remained steady in February as rising optimism about their own business fortunes was offset by an increase in cash flow issues, according to surveys conducted for this month’s Discover® Small Business Watch (SM).

February 26, 2007

Following Jet Blue Debacle, Frequent Flyers Reject Increased Regulation of Airlines

While Americans who fly on a regular basis were following the stories about Jet Blue’s runway misadventures, they’re not looking for government regulators to rush in and save the day.

February 22, 2007

Country Financial Security Index: Americans at Odds Over Financial Security

Americans have mixed feelings about their personal level of financial security, according to the COUNTRY Financial Security Index which registered an inaugural reading of 70.2 in February.

February 21, 2007

Job Searching: It Still Comes Down to Who You Know

A new Hudson survey found that networking was the most common way workers (28 percent) and managers (33 percent) alike secured their current job.

January 31, 2007

Poll: 17% of Computer Users Will Buy Vista Soon

After six years and a six billion dollar investment, Microsoft released Vista on January 30. By the time of the launch, most Americans (53%) had already read, seen, or heard new stories about the first upgrade of the company’s flagship operating system since Windows XP.

January 31, 2007

Fewer Layoffs, Heightened Job Security Encourage Worker Sentiment

The Hudson Employment Index (SM) improved slightly in January, as workers registered less concern about layoffs and more confidence in their job security.

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January 31, 2007

Confidence Skyrockets Among Accounting & Finance Workers

Worker confidence among accounting and finance professionals jumped in January, as the group’s Hudson Employment Index (SM) spiked 14.5 points to 120.5.

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January 31, 2007

Worker Confidence Drops Among Hispanics and African-Americans in January

Worker confidence slid for the second consecutive month for Hispanics, and dropped after a December rebound for African-American workers in January.

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January 31, 2007

IT Worker Confidence Drops on Financial Concerns

Confidence among IT professionals decreased in January, as the group’s Hudson Employment Index (SM) fell 5.2 points to 104.6.

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January 31, 2007

Lower Job Satisfaction Causes Fall in Legal Worker Confidence

Confidence among workers in the legal sector continued to decline for the second consecutive month, as the sector’s Hudson Employment Index (SM) dropped 6.3 points to 99.5 in January.

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January 31, 2007

Manufacturing Workers’ Confidence Drops

Confidence among manufacturing workers dropped in January after being on the rise for three consecutive months.