Jobs Survey: Americans Split Over Job Market Future

Reports are suggesting that the job market is continuing to improve for US workers. But the progress is still a little too slow for many. And a lot of the jobs being offered don’t pay as well as the might have before the recession. So how do Americans feel about the current job market and the progress being made?


Job Market

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 9% of respondents feel that the job market in their area has greatly improved over the last two years. 41% think the job market has somewhat improved. 38% think it has stayed about the same. And 13% think it has actually gotten worse.

So in its current state, 7% of respondents said they would describe the current state of the job market as very positive. 47% described it as positive. 36% described it as negative. And 11% described it as very negative. That’s definitely an improvement over a couple of years ago. In a July 2013 survey, just 5% of respondents described the job market as very positive. And 38% described it as somewhat positive.

Job Seekers

Of course, many of these factors will look differently to people who are looking for work, rather than those who have steady employment. Currently, 16% of respondents said they are actively looking for a job. Another 27% said they are keeping an eye out for new employment, but aren’t actively looking. While the outlook on the job market seems to have changed a bit, the number of people seeking employment hasn’t really changed much. In the July 2013 survey, just 13% were actively seeking employment. And another 30% were looking.

Future Improvement

Looking forward, Americans seem pretty split over which direction the job market may be heading. 33% of respondents said they feel optimistic about the future of the job market in their area. 34% feel pessimistic. And another 34% were neutral.

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.

Photo Credit: Help wanted sign from Flickr

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 January 15 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.