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CHICAGO, Ill., July 19, 2007 – The rise of the Illinois Employee Confidence Index continued for the second consecutive month in June, as it increased 2.7 points to 58.8, according to the latest Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey of Illinois workers, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation (NYSE:SFN), reveals that more workers are upbeat about the economy, their ability to find a new job and the future of their current employer. The Index reading is 2.5 points higher than a year ago.
Results from the Illinois Employment Report:
- Workers’ outlook regarding the future of their current employer increased from 59 percent to 70 percent in June, an eleven-percentage-point jump from May.
- Twenty-seven percent of workers believe that the economy is getting stronger, an increase of five percentage points from the previous month.
- More workers are confident in their ability to find a new job, with sixty-five percent reporting confidence about their job prospects, a six-percentage-point increase from May.
|June Employment Report Results||Illinois Workers||U.S. Workers|
|May||June||% Point Change||May||June||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||18%||18%||0||23%||27%||+4|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||59%||65%||+6||59%||59%||0|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||59%||70%||+11||65%||65%||0|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||16%||12%||-4||11%||11%||0|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||39%||39%||0||34%||34%||0|
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 June 2007 Spherion® Employment Report is based on data from a Harris Interactive® QuickQuerySM online omnibusconducted on behalf of Spherion Corporation. A U.S. sample of 3,136 employed adults, aged 18 years and older, of whom 143 are employed in Illinois (for May 2007 n=171), was interviewed in a series of two polls conducted between June 4-6 and June 11-13, 2007. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, income, education and region were weighted where it is 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 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.
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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