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COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 17, 2007 — After reaching its highest level in 2007, the Ohio Employee Confidence Index dropped 9.7 points to 49 in July, according to the Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation (NYSE:SFN), shows that the decrease was due to a much smaller number of workers reporting optimism in job availability, as well as confidence in their own ability to find a job.
Results from the Ohio Employment Report:
- Optimism about job availability dropped 21 percentage points in July, with only 10 percent of workers reporting that they believe more jobs are available.
- Half of Ohio workers (49 percent) are confident in their ability to find a new job, a decrease of 16 percentage points from the previous month.
- Fewer workers are optimistic about the health of the economy. Only eight percent of workers reported that they believe the economy is strengthening, a 15 percentage-point-decrease from June.
|July Employment Report Results||Ohio Workers||U.S. Workers|
|June||July||% Point Change||June||July||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||31%||10%||-21||27%||28%||+1|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||65%||49%||-16||59%||60%||+1|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||63%||60%||-3||65%||64%||-1|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||12%||23%||+11||11%||12%||+1|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||29%||44%||+15||34%||36%||+2|
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.
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