Jobs Survey: Less Than Half Think Market is Improving

The economy has been the single most important issue for many Americans throughout the past several years. And under that umbrella, the job market and job creation have been of high concern. Do Americans feel that the job situation in their area is improving at all? And how do they think the President has handled the situation overall?

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Job Market

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 6% of respondents said they think the job market in their area has improved very much over the past 2 years. 33% said they think the job market has somewhat improved. 45% said they don’t think their local job market has improved at all over the past 2 years. And 17% said they think it has actually gotten worse in that time.

In general, only 5% said they would give their local job market a very positive rating. 38% gave it a somewhat positive rating. 39% gave it a somewhat negative rating. And 19% gave their local job market a very negative rating.

Job Hunters

So how many people does this issue directly impact? 13% of respondents said they are actively looking for jobs right now. And another 30% said they are somewhat looking for jobs. However, not all of those who are currently looking for work are unemployed. Students and part time workers were almost as likely to say they are currently looking for work. And those who are currently looking for jobs were 4% more likely to give their local job market a very negative rating.

Jobs Grade

In general, just 11% of US respondents said they would give President Obama a very positive rating for the job he has done trying to improve the US job market. 36% said they would give him a somewhat positive rating. 26% gave him a somewhat negative rating. And 27% gave him a very negative rating. Current job seekers were actually 2% more likely to give the president a very positive rating, and not any more likely to give him a very negative rating.

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: Job Search 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 July 25 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
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.