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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 15, 2007 – Confidence among Florida workers fell in May, according to the latest Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey of Florida workers, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation (NYSE:SFN), shows that the Florida Employee Confidence Index decreased by two points to 57.8 in May. This decline is a result of a higher number of workers having concerns about job availability and their ability to find a new job.
Results from the Florida Employment Report:
- Twenty-three percent of workers believe that more jobs are available, decreasing eight percentage points from April.
- The percentage of workers reporting confidence in the future of their employers increased from 60 percent in April to 66 percent in May.
- 55 percent of workers are confident in their ability to find a new job, compared to 65 percent in the previous month.
|Florida Workers||U.S. Workers|
|Apr||May||% Point Change||Apr||May||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||31%||23%||-8||25%||23%||-2|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||65%||55%||-10||57%||59%||+2|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||60%||66%||+6||66%||65%||-1|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||10%||9%||-1||11%||11%||0|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||37%||38%||+1||35%||34%||-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 May 2007 Spherion® Employment Report is based on data from a Harris Interactive® QuickQuerySM online survey conducted on behalf of Spherion Corporation. A U.S. sample of 3,422 employed adults, aged 18 years and older, of whom 165 are employed in Florida (for Apr 2007 n=154), was interviewed in a series of two polls conducted between May 7-9 and May 15-17, 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.
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 more than 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.
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is the 12th largest and fastest-growing market research firm in the world. The company provides innovative research, 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 subsidiaries Novatris in France and MediaTransfer AG in Germany, and through a global network of independent market research firms. More information about Harris Interactive may be obtained at www.harrisinteractive.com.
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