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Survey Reveals Optimism Among U.S. Workers

Published: Monday, September 20, 2004 - 22:00

A recent study shows that U.S. workers believe the economy is on the road to recovery.

In the survey, 59 percent of respondents reported being optimistic about the economy and the potential for job growth in the coming year. When asked about their own career prospects, 57 percent indicated they are more hopeful now than one year ago, while just 11 percent reported being less optimistic.

“More and more workers see the glass as half full and are optimistic the economy will continue to recover during the year ahead,” says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, which developed the survey. “They also appear to be more confident about their own career prospects than in years past.”

However, there were distinct demographic differences among respondents. Among them were:

  • High income professionals earning $75,000 a year or more are the most confident about the economy and job growth.
  • Sixty-four percent of men were optimistic about the economy, compared to 53 percent of women.
  • Workers 18 to 34 years of age were the most hopeful about their own careers, with 62 percent reporting they are more optimistic than a year ago.

For more information, visit www.accountemps.com.

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