Job Market Optimism Reaches Pre-Recession Highs For U.S. Workers

  • jobs & the economy
  • July 29, 2013
  • Economy
  • Job Outlook
  • Job Security

Optimism about the job market hit pre-recession highs among U.S. employees, according to the July Randstad Employee Confidence Index. 

The online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad in July of 2013, included 1,065 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

According to the July Index, almost half (49%) of employees are confident in their ability to find a new job while 62 percent are confident in the future of their employers. Meanwhile, three-in-ten (30%) U.S. workers believe the economy is getting stronger.

Recession Woes Are Lifting For U.S. Workers

“Employees continue to show pre-recession levels of confidence throughout the first half of 2013, keeping pace with increases in job gains, home values and stock prices,” said Jim Link, managing director, Randstad U.S. 

Booming Leisure and Hospitality Sector

“We see a connection between rising consumer confidence levels and increases in leisure and hospitality industry employment – which makes sense. Leisurely activities, vacations and other incidentals are the types of things people typically cut back on during tough times. This, coupled with revisions to previous month’s job numbers, seems to be a big contributor to the stability of our Index.”

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