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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., October 16, 2009 – The Florida Employee Confidence Index dropped 4.5 points to 44.5 in September, according to the latest Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey of Florida workers, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation, reveals that fewer workers believe the economy is getting stronger and more workers believe that there are fewer jobs are available. Workers also indicate they are change-ready, with about one-third of workers reporting that it is likely they will look for a new job in the next 12 months.
Results from the Florida Employment Report:
- Fewer workers believe the economy is getting stronger. Specifically, 18 percent of workers believe the economy is getting stronger, a decrease of nine percentage points from August. On the contrary, more workers believe the economy is getting weaker, with 41 percent reporting so, up eight percentage points from the previous month.
- Seventy-two percent of Florida workers believe there are fewer jobs available, compared to 65 percent in August.
- One third (33 percent) of workers believe it is likely they will look for a new job in the next 12 months, representing a six percentage point increase from the previous month.
"Despite soaring to a twelve-month record high last month, we are now seeing that the Florida Employee Confidence Index has lost a bit of that momentum,” said Paula Franco, branch manager for Spherion Staffing Services in Florida. “However, this does not come as a shock. In the midst of an unprecedented economic landscape, we continue to caution about the high probability of fluctuation in our Index and in attitudes among workers. The road to economic recovery has long been heralded as slow-moving. However, this should not encourage companies to simply disregard retention strategies, as one-third of workers reported that they are likely contemplating making a job transition in the months to come.”
|September 2009 Employment Report Results||Florida Workers||U.S. Workers|
|August||Sept.||% Point Change||August||Sept.||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||10%||3%||-7||8%||8%||0|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||31%||34%||+3||40%||38%||-2|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||62%||61%||-1||64%||63%||-1|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||12%||19%||+7||15%||17%||+2|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||27%||33%||+6||35%||35%||0|
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