At first glance, things seem to be getting better these days. We’re told the U.S. is in a period of gradual economic recovery, more companies are now hiring again, and unemployment continues to inch downward.
But as we head into the last few months of the year, it appears many American workers haven’t gotten the memo about the good news, and are preparing for a winter of discontent.
While unemployment is on the decline, underemployment is still a problem as the number of people who have given up looking for work and those who work part-time but seek full-time jobs, is closer to 14%. Also, the US government just recently emerged from shutdown mode, jobs still aren't being created as quickly as many pundits had hoped, and a clash regarding the debt ceiling between the two bickering parties is looming on the horizon.
Perhaps it’s this feeling of low morale and frustration at the slower-than-expected economic recovery that caused the overwhelmingly negative opinions from more than 2,000 people in our “Value of Work” survey. But whatever the reason, it's clear their attitudes toward work and how they view their jobs in general are souring.