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Americans Feeling More Confident About Employers' Stability

Americans Feeling More Confident About Employers' Stability

Following years of uncertainty regarding their ability to keep their job, new data shows most American workers have a renewed sense of optimism regarding their employment situation.

The Randstad Employment Report found that nearly three-quarters of employees believe they are unlikely to lose their jobs in the next 12 months.

Additionally, the survey showed 61 percent of employees are confident in the future of their employer, up 2 percentage points from last month.

Overall, the Randstad Employee Confidence Index, which measures workers' confidence in their personal employment situation and optimism in the economic environment, recorded its biggest one-month gain since the survey's inception more than seven years ago.

A quarter of U.S. workers said they believe the economy is getting stronger, a 7 percent increase from December.

In addition, only 52 percent of the surveyed employees believe fewer jobs are available, an 8 percentage point decrease from last month.

"Economists' expectation of a stronger and more stable U.S. job market created a strong jumpstart for this first Employee Confidence Index of 2012," said Joanie Ruge, senior vice president and chief employment analyst of Randstad Holding U.S. "There is no denying that this economic recovery has been volatile, but as we head into 2012, various U.S. economic reports are pointing to what many hope and believe will be an improving job market."

The study was based on surveys of nearly 1,500 employed U.S. adults.

Chad Brooks

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