2/3 of Americans Give Job Market Poor Marks

November 1, 2010

About two in three Americans across the country say the current job market is bad, according to results of a new Harris Poll.

Westerners Give Job Market Worst Rating
Westerners seem to feel the worst about the job market, as almost three-quarters of them (73%) say it is bad in their region of the country and only 8% say it is good. Southerners feel the best about the job market, as almost one in five (18%) say the job market in their region is good while 58% say it is bad.

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Southerners actually skew the overall results (13% say the job market is good and 66% say it is bad). Both Easterners (12%) and Midwesterners (11%) say the job market is good at a rate slightly below the overall average, while Easterners tie the overall rate for saying it is bad and Midwesterners exceed it (69%).

Majority See Job Market Flat in Near-term
When asked about how the job market will look in six months, the majority (53%) of all respondents said it will be about the same. A virtually identical 23% said it will be better and 24% said it will be worse.

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Considering that about two-thirds of all respondents say the current job market is bad, this means many of those saying the job market will remain flat in the near term are expecting it to perform poorly at least through early spring 2011.

2 in 5 Have Unemployment Worries
With worries about the job market, there is also some concern over personally becoming unemployed. Almost two in five Americans (37%) say they are concerned that the main income earner in their household might become unemployed in the next six months while 28% are not very concerned. Just more than one-third of US adults (35%) say they are not at all concerned this might happen.

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Economy Leading Source of US Anger
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of all US adults are angry about the economy, according to a recent BBC World News America/Harris Poll. When given a list of current issues that make some people angry, 63% of US adults said they are angry about the economy. This barely beat the 62% of respondents who said they are angry about the government in general and about unemployment.

Other things that majorities are very or somewhat angry about are taxes (58%), immigration (56%), education (51%) and big business (52%). Fewer people are angry about same sex and gay rights (33%), the environment and energy issues (47%) and foreign policy (48%).

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