Americans are slightly more optimistic about the job market than they were two months ago.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 69% of American Adults know someone who is out of work and looking for a job. That’s down four points from March
and is the lowest finding measured since September. From 2010 through early last year, this figure regularly ran in the mid- to high 70s. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Forty-two percent (42%) also now know someone who, out of frustration with the difficult job market, has given up looking for work. That, too, is down four points from March. This finding peaked most recently at 48% in October 2012.
Overall, 26% of Americans say the job market is better than it was a year ago. Thirty-one percent (31%) say it is worse, down slightly from March but still below the recent high of 38% measured in November. Forty percent (40%) think the job market is about the same as it was a year ago.
Wow! Happy days are here again!
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