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Ohio Employment Report: Overall Worker Confidence on the Upswing as Outlook on Job Availability and Future of Current Employer Brightens
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 27, 2007 — The Ohio Employee Confidence Index increased 2.3 points to 56.7 in February, according to the Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation (NYSE:SFN), shows that the increase was fueled by more workers having optimism in the stability of the economy and job market and confidence in the future of their current employer.
Results from the Ohio Employment Report:
Workers’ confidence in the future of their current employer increased by four percentage points from 58 percent in January to 62 percent in February.
Fewer workers believe the economy is weakening. Specifically, 34 percent believe the economy is getting weaker, dropping nine percentage points from 43 percent in January.
Twenty-three percent of workers believe that more jobs are available, compared to 16 percent in January.
“Our latest survey mirrors what we have been seeing in the job market,” said Robert Schulte, Spherion franchise owner in Ohio. “Workers are very optimistic about the state of the economy and confident in their employment prospects. With most of the job growth in Ohio projected to be within the service-providing sector, top talent in the professional and business services industry will continue to be sought after. Given the fact that Ohio has traditionally been known for having a high concentration of manufacturing opportunities, I don’t foresee this going away. I predict the demand for technical positions within this industry to increase as technologies continue to advance.”
|Ohio Workers||U.S. Workers|
|Jan||Feb||% Point Change||Jan||Feb||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||16%||23%||+7||28%||28%||0|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||54%||54%||0||60%||60%||0|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||58%||62%||+4||66%||65%||-1|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||9%||11%||+2||11%||10%||-1|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||38%||37%||-1||35%||36%||+1|
About the Spherion Employment Report
As part of the Spherion® Emerging Workforce® Series of employment surveys, the monthly Spherion Employment Report provides a snapshot of the latest workforce trends across the country and is issued in conjunction with state and national labor market releases. Three key indices are measured: the Spherion Job Security Index, which captures how likely respondents think it is that they will lose their job or that their job will be eliminated in the next 12 months; the Spherion Job Transition Index, which captures how likely respondents are to look for a new job in the next 12 months; and the Employee Confidence Index, which measures employees’ overall confidence in the economy, the future of their employer, the availability of jobs, and their ability to find other employment. The Employee Confidence Index is based on these four components, with a ‘score’ calculated for each by taking the difference of the percentage of positive responses and the percentage of negative responses. These four scores are then averaged to indicate an overall level of employee confidence scaled from 0 (no confidence) to 100 (complete confidence). A reading above 50 indicates a positive confidence level.
The February 2007 Spherion® Employment Report is based on data from a Harris Interactive® QuickQuerySM online omnibus conducted on behalf of Spherion Corporation. A U.S. sample of 4,022 employed adults, aged 18 years and older, of whom 160 are employed in Ohio (for January 2007 n= 172), was interviewed in a series of two polls conducted between February 5-7, and February 12-14, 2007. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, income, education and region were weighted where necessary to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting adjusted for respondents’ propensity to be online.
With pure probability samples, with 100 percent response rates, it is possible to calculate the probability that the sampling error (but not other sources of error) is not greater than some number. With a pure probability sample of 4,121 U.S. employed adults one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results would have a sampling error of +/- two percentage points, and the sampling error for the Ohio state sample results would be plus or minus seven percentage points. However, that does not take other sources of error into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
Spherion Corporation (NYSE:SFN) is a leading recruiting and staffing company that provides integrated solutions to meet the evolving needs of companies and job candidates. As an industry pioneer for 60 years, Spherion has screened and placed millions of individuals in temporary, temp-to-hire and full-time jobs. Positions range from administrative and light industrial to a host of professions that include accounting/finance, information technology, engineering, manufacturing, legal, human resources and sales/marketing.
With approximately 650 locations in the United States and Canada, Spherion delivers innovative workforce solutions that improve business performance. Spherion provides its services to more than 8,000 customers, from Fortune 500 companies to a wide range of small and mid-size organizations. Employing 375,000 people annually through its network, Spherion is one of North America’s largest employers. To learn more, visit www.spherion.com. For up-to-date career tips and trends, visit Spherion’s career blog, The Big TimeSM, at www.spherion.com/careerblog.
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is the 12th largest and fastest-growing market research firm in the world. The company provides research-driven insights and strategic advice to help its clients make more confident decisions which lead to measurable and enduring improvements in performance. Harris Interactive is widely known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest running, independent opinion polls and for pioneering online market research methods. The company has built what it believes to be the world’s largest panel of survey respondents, the Harris Poll Online. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its United States, Europe and Asia offices, its wholly-owned subsidiary Novatris in France and through a global network of independent market research firms. The service bureau, HISB, provides its market research industry clients with mixed-mode data collection, panel development services as well as syndicated and tracking research consultation. More information about Harris Interactive may be obtained atwww.harrisinteractive.com.
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