The state of the American worker 2013
Attitudes about work in America

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“The State of the American Worker 2013” reviews Americans’ attitudes about the job market and their own work. 

Highlights:

• In Gallup’s August 2013 poll, 76 percent said it was a bad time to find a good job. Around two-thirds know someone other than a family member who has lost a job in the past six months.

• Eighty-five percent of employed people said they were completely or somewhat satisfied with their jobs in Gallup’s August 2013 poll (89 percent gave that response in 2012 and 83 percent in 2009.) Only 15 percent in 2013 said they were somewhat or completely dissatisfied. Satisfaction is high with other aspects of work such as relations with coworkers, flexibility of hours, and the amount of work required.

• In 2009, job anxiety jumped in some areas following the recession and financial crisis. In Gallup’s August 2009 poll, 31 percent of employed respondents said they were worried that they would be laid off in the near future, double the percentage in 2008. In 2012, 28 percent worried that they would be laid off in the near future. 

• According to Gallup’s poll, 26 percent worried in 2012 that their hours at work would be cut back; 27 percent worried about that prospect in 2009. Twenty-eight percent in 2012, down from 32 percent in 2009, worried that their wages would be reduced. 

• Around a quarter of those surveyed say they would be interested in having their boss’s job. About the same number say they would be interested in running the organization they work for.

• Forty-five percent told Peter D. Hart researchers that they have more leisure time than their parents at the same point in their lives, 27 percent reported having less, and 25 percent reported having about the same amount.

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