Job Market Survey: Outlook, Opinions Not Changing Quickly

The latest numbers on the US job market are in, and they’re pretty encouraging. American now reportedly has nearly 5 million job openings, and the signs point to those numbers continuing to improve. So how do Americans feel about the current job market? And have their opinions changed at all over the past year?

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Job Market

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 7% said they have a very positive outlook on the current job situation in their area. 38% have a somewhat positive outlook on the current job market. 39% said they have a somewhat negative outlook. And 17% have a very negative outlook. Though not overwhelming, those numbers do represent an improvement over the last year. In a July 2013 survey, just 5% had a very positive outlook on the job market, and 19% had a very negative outlook.

15% of respondents said they are currently actively looking for a job. 25% said they are somewhat interested in a new job, but aren’t actively looking for one. And 60% said they aren’t interested in a new job at all.


Over the past year, just 7% of respondents said they’ve noticed a big improvement in the job market in their area. 33% said they’ve noticed a small improvement in the job market over the past year. 47% said they haven’t noticed any improvement. And 14% think it has actually gotten worse.

Job Performance

Just 11% of those respondents said they would give President Obama a very positive rating for the way he has handled the US job market. 35% gave him a somewhat positive rating. 26% gave him a somewhat negative rating. And 29% gave him a very negative rating in regards to the job market. Those numbers are also very similar to those of the July 2013 survey.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on September 10 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.