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The Randstad Employee Confidence Index rose 1.4 points in February to a level of 53.5, indicating U.S. workers may be feeling slightly more upbeat about the economy and the job market. The index, which tracks U.S. workers’ perspectives around jobs and the economy each month, reveals that 30 percent of workers believe the economy is strengthening and nearly a quarter say more jobs are available.
“Much like the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, our report shows optimism in the economy seems to have improved over the last month,” said Randstad US managing director Jim Link. “Concerns over the impending fiscal cliff appear to have dissipated a bit. In fact, more workers believe the number of jobs available have increased — which is a great sign that overall sentiment on economic conditions is improving. Despite this welcoming news, it is important to note workers may show decreased confidence over the coming months due to recent increases in gas prices and payroll taxes.”
The study, conducted online by Harris Interactive, surveyed 1,071 U.S. workers in February of 2013.