New Optimism About Job Security

Gallup: “In the U.S., 13% of employed adults think it is ‘very’ or ‘fairly”‘likely that they will be laid off in the next 12 months, down slightly from the 16% who feared job loss a year ago. The percentage who fear being laid off is down from a high of 21% in 2010 and is essentially back to where it was in April 2007, before the Great Recession began.”

Americans' Fears of Being Laid Off Return to Pre-Recession Levels

“U.S. workers seem to be sensitive to changes in the national economy and the job market, which, in turn, affects how secure they feel in their job. It appears the period of heightened concerns about layoffs, seen after the recession, has now ended.”

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