Views of Job Market Tick Up, No Rise in Economic Optimism

Views of Job Market Tick Up, No Rise in Economic Optimism. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. September 4, 2014.

For Americans, jobs are only part of the economic picture: 56% say their family’s incomes are falling behind the cost of living. That is about as many as said their incomes were falling behind in October 2008 (57%), during the Wall Street financial crisis. And 45% say they have experienced one or more serious financial hardships, such as a job layoff, an inability to pay for health care or trouble with a collection agency, over the past year. Among those with low family incomes (less than $30,000 a year), fully 66% have confronted at least one serious financial problem. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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