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DALLAS, Texas, March 5, 2009 – Despite another month of job losses, the Texas Employee Confidence Index increased 2.8 points to 48.5 in January, according to the latest Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey of Texas workers, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation, indicates that more workers are optimistic about the future of their current employer, and the percentage of workers reporting that the economy is getting weaker decreased.
Results from the Texas Employment Report:
- Seventy-seven percent of workers are confident in the future of their current employer, increasing nine percentage points from December.
- Fewer workers believe fewer jobs are available. Specifically, 61 percent reported that job availability has decreased versus 68 percent in the previous month.
- Slightly more workers (49 percent) are confident in their ability to find a new job, compared to 47 percent in December.
“Our latest Employee Confidence Index surprisingly took a turn for the better,” said Kim Lockhart, regional vice president for Spherion in Texas. “With all the national headlines pointing to job loss, business closings and foreclosures, I would have expected our latest findings to decline. That being said, Texas has remained fairly resilient to the economic crisis, but certainly not unscathed. While it has definitely taken longer for the spillover of the country’s job loss to reach Texas, I anticipate that this pace will continue as the new administration tries to get the U.S. out of its current economic situation. In our own business, we continue to address the needs of our clients and still see a healthy demand for skilled workers.”
|January 2009 Employment Report Results||Texas Workers||U.S. Workers|
|Dec||Jan||% Point Change||Dec||Jan||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||8%||3%||-5||5%||6%||+1|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||47%||49%||+2||39%||42%||+3|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||68%||77%||+9||66%||67%||+1|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||8%||9%||+1||15%||16%||+1|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||26%||28%||+2||33%||34%||+1|
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