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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 18, 2008 – The Florida Employee Confidence Index decreased two points to 44.2 in March, reaching a new low since the survey began in July 2004, according to the latest Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey of Florida workers, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation, reveals that although more workers reported doubt in the economy and job market, more workers indicate that they are confident in their ability to find a new job.
Results from the Florida Employment Report:
- Majority of Florida workers (55 percent) report that they are confident in their ability to find a new job, an increase of 15 percentage points from the previous month.
- Seventy-eight percent of workers believe the economy is getting weaker, compared to 68 percent in February.
- More workers report that fewer jobs are available. Specifically, 64 percent versus 50 percent reported in February.
“The market appears to be changing for candidates, as well as employers. Both groups seem to be more hesitant in making a move,” said Paula Franco, branch manager for Spherion Staffing Services in Florida. “Employers remain cautious about hiring and rightfully so, as economic reports hint at a possible recession; however, we are still seeing a strong need for talented candidates. In fact, we’ve placed a lot of workers from the real estate, mortgage and construction industries in jobs where their skills are transferable, such as inside and outside sales.”
|March 2008 Employment Report Results||Florida Workers||U.S. Workers|
|Feb||Mar||% Point Change||Feb||Mar||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||14%||12%||-2||13%||12%||-1|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||40%||55%||+15||53%||53%||0|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||59%||57%||-2||65%||63%||-2|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||17%||17%||0||12%||13%||+1|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||35%||30%||-5||36%||35%||-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 March 2008 Spherion® Employment Report was conducted online within the United by Harris Interactive on behalf of Spherion Corporation between March 4 and 6 and March 10 and 12, 2008 among a U.S. sample of 3,726 employed adults, aged 18 years and older, of whom 195 are employed in Florida (for Feb 2008 n=152). Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, income, education and region. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.
All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.
Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to be invited to participate in the Harris Interactive online research panel, no estimates of 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 more than 60 years, Spherion has sourced, 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 700 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 more than 300,000 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.
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