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Jobs Creation Hopes Rest With Small Business & Obama, Workers Say

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Politicians have their own opinions about what will help cure the nation's job woes, but job-seekers themselves feel pretty strongly about what will work and what won't. They believe that small businesses that are helped by tax cuts are more likely to spur job creation than anything else. They also believe President Barack Obama is more likely to solve the problem then a Republican challenger, the private sector or Congress.

According to a new survey from Job.com, which asked 10,000 job-seekers what they think will help spur hiring, the majority of job-seekers said they favor of tax incentives, such as tax credits, for businesses who hire new employees .

When asked to identify which of Obama's key job creation proposals had the most potential to improve the job market, 55 percent cited a tax credit to businesses that hire new employees . The proposal for increased public works projects, such as school and road construction, came in second, with 22 percent in favor.

Although STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) jobs have been touted by pundits as important to regaining America’s competitive edge, the poll results reveal that many believe traditional industries will contribute more to rebuilding the sagging economy.

With regards to which type of jobs companies should be adding in order to spur economic growth, those polled selected manufacturing jobs (36 percent), followed by construction and infrastructure jobs (32 percent). Conversely, only 13 percent of respondents believe STEM jobs will have the most impact on the job market. Those polled expressed an overall desire to see jobs return in industries hit hard by recession-era layoffs and hiring lulls.

"These results are indicative of the diverse group of professionals currently seeking employment opportunities," said Brian Alden, CEO of Job.com. "While job-seekers may not agree on which jobs will create the most growth, it is evident that a tax incentive for businesses is the most popular proposal among those polled to jump- start job creation across many industries."

The poll also found that many of the respondents, and job-seekers as a whole, believe job creation should be a shared burden among government and private sectors. Respondents indicated that small businesses (23 percent) have the most potential to spur job growth, followed by “all of the above” (21 percent) which also included the following choices: Obama (17 percent), a Republican president in the next election (15 percent), Congress (5 percent) and corporations (10 percent).

"It is important to continually measure the job-seeker feedback on the proposals that affect them directly," said Alden. "We are always striving to understand what job-seekers are thinking and looking for to help them better navigate the job market in these changing economic times."


Jeanette Mulvey

Jeanette has been writing about business for more than 20 years. She has written about every kind of entrepreneur from hardware store owners to fashion designers. Previously she was a manager of internal communications for Home Depot. Her journalism career began in local newspapers. She has a degree in American Studies from Rutgers University. Follow her on Twitter @jeanettebnd.