Gallup: Americans’ optimism about job opportunities at highest level in nearly five years
The image above is not that of a full, beaming smile, but neither does it depict a frown.
It’s an appropriate image for THIS STORY from the folks at Gallup:
Nearly one in four Americans (24%) say it is a good time to find a quality job, triple the 8% who said the same a year ago and reflecting the most positive job market perceptions since March 2008.
While nearly three in four Americans (73%) continue to say it is a bad time to find a quality job, the current job market perceptions reflect significant improvement compared with the post-financial crisis era and even before. Americans’ views have not been this positive since March 2008, before the financial crisis but still during the U.S. recession, when 26% of Americans said it was a good time to find a quality job. The record high since Gallup began tracking this measure in 2001 came in January 2007, when 48% of Americans said it was a good time to find a quality job.
Regionally, Americans in the West (31%) and East (28%) are more positive about current job conditions, while those in the Midwest (22%) and South (19%) are less positive.
U.S. workers — whether employed or unemployed and seeking work — are also more positive about the market for quality jobs than they have been in months. Currently, 26% say it is a good time to find a quality job, up from a record low of 7% a year ago.