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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., December 19, 2008 – Despite the job loss seen in the state over the year, the Florida Employee Confidence Index increased 0.6 points to 37.2 in November, according to the latest Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey of Florida workers, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation, reveals that one-third of workers (33 percent) are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months, even though more workers say they are not confident in their ability to find one.
Results from the Florida Employment Report:
- Twenty-six percent of workers believe the economy is staying the same, an increase of 12 percentage points from October.
- One of three workers surveyed (33 percent) are likely to look for a new job in the next year, compared to 34 percent indicating a likelihood to do so in the previous month.
- The percentage of workers that are not confident in their ability to find a new job increased 12 percentage points to 36 percent in November.
“It was a pleasant surprise to see that our latest report shows a slight increase in worker optimism,” said Paula Franco, branch manager for Spherion Staffing Services in Florida. “The U.S. is clearly facing some tough economic challenges, but much like the rest of the country, Florida is still experiencing some job growth in education and health services. In addition, we are still receiving requests for customer service representatives, accountants, and warehousing professionals, but the competition is much more intense and job seekers are having to exercise a lot more patience. Until employers see a measurable amount of recovery in the economy, they will likely remain cautious in terms of starting new projects or increasing their payrolls.”
|November 2008 Employment Report Results||Florida Workers||U.S. Workers|
|Oct||Nov||% Point Change||Oct||Nov||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||4%||4%||0||7%||6%||-1|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||34%||35%||+1||41%||43%||+2|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||60%||60%||0||65%||66%||+1|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||25%||16%||-9||14%||13%||-1|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||34%||33%||-1||31%||35%||+4|
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