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COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 21, 2007 — The Ohio Employee Confidence Index increased 5.9 points to 54.9 in August, according to the Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation (NYSE:SFN), reported that more workers believe the economy is getting stronger, more jobs are available and have more confidence in their ability to find new jobs.
Results from the Ohio Employment Report:
- Nineteen percent of workers think the economy is getting stronger, an increase of 11 percentage points from the previous month.
- The percentage of workers that believe the amount of jobs available has increased. Specifically, 21 percent of workers believe more jobs are available, an 11 percentage point increase from July.
- More than half of workers (54%) are confident about their ability to find a new job, an increase of five percentage points from the previous month.
“After a significant drop in July, we saw workers feeling more positive about the economy and their personal job prospects. This is likely a result of some pickup in certain Ohio markets,” said Robert Schulte, Spherion franchise owner in Ohio. “Right now, skilled workers such as welders and machinists are in higher demand, and full-time hiring has picked up for professional positions such as engineers. Many of our clients seem to have confidence that the economy is staying strong, so hopefully that will help translate into additional hiring in the coming months.”
|August Employment Report Results||Ohio Workers||U.S. Workers|
|July||Aug||% Point Change||July||Aug||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||10%||21%||+11||28%||26%||-2|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||49%||54%||+5||60%||62%||+2|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||60%||61%||+1||64%||67%||+3|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||23%||13%||-10||12%||11%||-1|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||44%||31%||-13||36%||37%||+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 August 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 3,126 employed adults, aged 18 years and older, of whom 135 are employed in Ohio (for July 2007 n=142), was interviewed in a series of two polls conducted between August 6 and 8, and August 13 and 15, 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 3,126 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 at www.harrisinteractive.com.
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