A report released by the Labor Department this week suggests that there are more job openings today than there have been at any point since the beginning of 2008. But with many people still feeling the effects of the recession, this job growth might not be quite enough of an improvement. Have people noticed any increase in job opportunities or improvement in the unemployment situation in their communities?
In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 19% of respondents said they don’t currently have a job and are looking for one. And another 19% said they do currently have a job but are looking for a new one.
Of those respondents, just 11% said they definitely have noticed an increase in job opportunities over the past several months. 23% said they’ve noticed a bit of an increase in new job opportunities. 48% said they haven’t noticed any increase. And 17% said they’ve noticed fewer job opportunities over the past several months.
In general, just 8% of overall respondents said they feel like the unemployment situation in their community has definitely improved over the past year. 21% think the unemployment situation has somewhat improved. 38% haven’t noticed any real change in the unemployment situation in their area. 16% feel that it has actually gotten worse over the past year. And the remaining 17% said they haven’t noticed at all. Those who are currently looking for work were 7% more likely to notice an improvement.
But even though some haven’t noticed a real change, most people do agree that job growth is a major concern. In fact, 24% of respondents said they think job growth is the single most important issue facing America today. 58% said they think job growth is very important. 16% consider it to be somewhat important. And just 3% don’t consider job growth to be an important issue. Not surprisingly, those looking for work were 8% more likely to consider job growth to be a very important issue.
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Results were collected on April 9 via AYTM’s online survey panel.