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Is It a Good Time to Find Work? Most Say No

How do Americans view today’s job market? Apparently not favorably.

In a Gallup poll of 1,048 adults in March, more than two-thirds (68 percent) said now is not a good time to find a quality job. Only about 1 in 4 (28 percent) were positive about the odds of landing a position, the highest measure since the start of the economic downturn in January 2008.

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Older workers were even more pessimistic. Among those ages 50 to 64, about 3 in 4 (76 percent) said it was a bad time to find a good job. Only 20 percent thought today’s prospects were promising. The results were similar among those 65-plus. That’s hardly surprising, since older workers tend to be unemployed for longer stretches than younger adults and have a more challenging time finding work.

Workers ages 30 to 49 were slightly less gloomy: 64 percent thought the job situation wasn’t good; 31 percent said otherwise.

Today’s jobs landscape may not be viewed as robust, but it’s better than it was a few years back. Americans were really down and out in November 2009 and in November 2011, when only 8 percent thought the job market was favorable, Gallup said. Before the recession hit, almost half of those polled (48 percent) thought the jobs picture was bright in January 2007.

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You might think that those with a higher education would have a more favorable view of the job market, but the poll found that wasn’t so. People who had postgraduate education were less positive about the job market than those who had less education.

Gallup tracks Americans’ outlook on finding quality jobs each month.


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