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U.S. workers remain optimistic about their jobs
January 7, 2005
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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- With more than one million jobs created in the past six months, employed adults in the U.S. continue to have strong confidence in their job security, ability to find a new job and the future of their current employer, according to a recent survey by Spherion Corporation. The monthly Spherion(R) Employment Report, conducted by Harris Interactive(R), shows that 76 percent of workers believe it is unlikely they will be laid off in the next year, down two percentage points from July 2004 and 64 percent are confident in the future of their employer, down one percentage point from six months ago.

At the same time, workers still have lingering doubts about job creation and the strength of the economy. Fifty-two percent believe more jobs or the same amount of jobs are available, down from 57 percent in July and 38 percent believe the economy is getting weaker, up eight percentage points from six months ago.

"Over the past six months, we have seen continued job growth and economic expansion,” says Roy Krause, Spherion President and Chief Executive Officer. “During that period, the level of the workforce's personal confidence has remained consistently strong and shows that workers feel very secure with their current job and employer. However, this confidence will not prohibit them from making a career move, nearly 40 percent are planning to begin a job search and the majority are confident in their ability to find a new position. As more opportunities arise in the strengthening job market, we believe that more workers will act on their intentions to switch jobs, elevating retention to a top HR priority for employers nationwide."

According to the December Spherion Employment Report:

  • 76 percent of adult workers feel it is unlikely that their jobs will be eliminated in the next 12 months, versus 77 percent in November and 78 percent six months ago;
  • 37 percent of adult workers in the U.S. said they are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months, compared to 37 percent last month and 38 percent in July;
  • 52 percent of employed adults in the U.S. believe that more jobs or the same amount of jobs are available, compared to 54 percent in November and 57 percent six months ago;
  • 61 percent of adult workers believe the economy is getting stronger or staying the same, unchanged from last month and down nine percentage points from July;
  • 64 percent of working adults in the U.S. are confident in the future of their employer, compared to 66 percent in November and 65 percent six months ago; and
  • 56 percent of adults working in the U.S. have confidence in their own ability to find a new job, up one percentage point from November and July.
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