Job Satisfaction in U.S. at Record Low

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Americans are not a happy lot when it comes to their jobs. Only 45% of those surveyed say they are satisfied with their work, the lowest level ever recorded in the 22 years of polling by The Conference Board. Last year, the figure was 49%, whereas in 1987, it was 61%.

Linda Barrington, managing director of human capital at The Conference Board, told the Associated Press that the problem “says something troubling about work in America. It is not about the business cycle or one grumpy generation.” The level of dissatisfaction does cross all generations, although those under 25 did stand out with a satisfaction rating of only 36%. Survey respondents attributed their unhappiness to problems such as lack of interest in their work, stagnant wages and rising health care costs.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Americans' Job Satisfaction Falls to Record Low (by Jeannine Aversa, Associated Press)


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