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Randstad’s employee confidence index for the U.S. edged up 0.7 points in December to a reading of 55.2 after rising three points in November. The index measures workers’ confidence in their personal employment situation and optimism about the economic environment.
“Despite the dip during the government shutdown, 2013 has proven to be very positive regarding confidence expressed by U.S. employees and overall job creation in the final few months of the year,” said Jim Link, chief HR officer, Randstad North America. “For the second year in a row, the Randstad US Employee Confidence Index has consistently registered over 50 points — our official indicator signifying an overall positive sentiment. As we head into 2014, we predict continued job growth as forecasts remain positive in several key sectors, including energy, healthcare, technology and manufacturing.”
The index is based on a survey of 1,104 employed U.S. adults conducted between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5.