Millennials more likely than Gen Xers and boomers to believe it is a good time to find a quality job
Americans’ perceptions of the availability of quality jobs is improving slightly, but remain much worse than pre-recession levels, according to a new Gallup poll.
Nearly three-fourths (74 percent) believe it is a “bad time” to find a quality job on the U.S., essentially unchanged from February, Gallup reports. This is better than March readings of the past several years. In March 2009, 90 percent said it was a bad time to land a quality job. Conversely, 49 percent said quality jobs were hard to find in pre-recession March 2007.
Conversely, 22 percent of respondents said this is a good time to find a quality job, about the same as February’s 23 percent. This is up from 13 percent two years ago and 9 percent in March 2009, but far below the pre-recession benchmark of 45 percent five years ago.
More non-whites than whites said it was a good time to find a quality job 30 percent vs. 19 percent), which is at odds with the most recent unemployment rates contained the in February jobs report. The unemployment rate for whites was 6.8 percent, a decline from January, while the unemployment rates for blacks (13.8 percent) and Hispanics (7 percent) remained the same.
Surprisingly, Millennials ages 18-29 years have a more optimistic attitude than their older counterparts. Thirty-one percent said it was a good time to find a quality job vs. 22 percent of 30-49-year-olds and 20 percent of baby boomers ages 50-64. Millennials were hardest hit in the collapsed job market following the economic collapse, with half either unable to find a job or who were underemployed.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
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