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Work Trends Surveys on Jobs and Economic Security

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A series of Work Trends surveys examined American workers’ opinions about their work-life balance and feelings about the economy. Disquiet about the economy and uncertainty of the future were expressed in Anxious American Worker. Overall job satisfaction remained high at the time of the survey, though the positive number masked underlying concerns such as work life and hours worked. At a Crossroads examined concerns about the state of the economy on the eve of the 2004 presidential election. Distressed American Worker looked at the negative impact the Great Recession had on the lives of Americans as well as concerns about the unemployment rate, the high rate of layoffs, and disruption in the workplace due to layoffs, as well as the balance between work and family priorities. Holding On analyzed workers’ views on job security, job satisfaction, job prospects, and the direction of federal policy in a time of rapid transformation in the economy and workforce. The implications of the information age were reviewed in Nothing But Net by focusing on workers’ experiences with computers in the workplace and their perceptions about their futures and the role of government in the information age. Standing on Shaky Ground looked at the effect of the early 2000s recession and the terror attacks of 2001 on the nation’s employers. At the time of the 2000 presidential election, Who Will Let the Good Times Roll? examined candidates’ positions on jobs and how their positions would affect how American workers vote as well as the desire for government to address education issues, retirement benefits, and health and medical benefits.

Topic: 
U.S. Labor Market & Industry
Unemployment & Reemployment
Workforce Policy & Practice
Work Trends Surveys
Research Team: 
Carl E. Van Horn, Ph.D.
Funded By: 
Private contributions to the Heldrich Center
Status: 
Completed
Keywords: 
unemployment
reemployment
laid-off workers
workforce policy
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