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CHICAGO, Ill., April 16, 2009 – The Illinois Employee Confidence Index increased 3.6 points to 41.4 in March, according to the latest Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey of Illinois workers, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation, shows that more workers are confident in their ability to find a job, while fewer workers believe their jobs are secure.
Results from the Illinois Employment Report:
- Forty-two percent of workers say they are confident in their ability to find a new job, an increase of five percentage points from February.
- Fewer workers, 55 percent, believe they are unlikely to lose their job, an 11-percentage-point decrease from the previous month.
- Sixty percent of workers believe the economy is getting weaker, a decrease of 12 percentage points from February.
“Despite another increase in unemployment, our report shows that workers in the state are feeling more confident in their ability to find a new job, which is also inline with Spherion’s national report,” explained Michael Ruter, regional director of Spherion Staffing Services in Illinois. “The more positive tone and higher levels of confidence among some Illinois workers could be a direct result of the stock market recovery and economic stimulus package that is intended to create more jobs across the state.”
|March 2009 Employment Report Results||Illinois Workers||U.S. Workers|
|Feb||Mar||% Point Change||Feb||Mar||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||1%||5%||+4||5%||5%||0|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||37%||42%||+5||38%||39%||+1|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||61%||58%||-3||63%||66%||+3|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||20%||22%||+2||17%||18%||+1|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||35%||35%||0||33%||36%||+3|
Spherion Corporation (NYSE:SFN) is a leading recruiting and staffing company that provides integrated solutions and breakout specialties 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.
With approximately 650 locations in the United States and Canada, Spherion delivers innovative workforce solutions that improve business performance. Spherion provides its services to approximately 10,000 customers, from Fortune 500 companies to a wide range of small and mid-size organizations. Employing more than 230,000 people annually through its network, Spherion is one of North America’s largest employers. Spherion operates under the following brands: Spherion Staffing Services Group for administrative, clerical and light industrial workers; Technisource for technology professionals and solutions; The Mergis Group for accounting and finance and other professional positions; Todays Office Professionals for specialty administrative personnel; and Spherion Recruitment Process Outsourcing. To learn more, visit www.spherion.com.