Based on the latest Gallup poll, 71% of Americans believe it is a good time to look for a job, and those who are already employed generally feel confident with their job positions.
College graduates (79%) are more confident in the job market than those without degrees (68%). Furthermore, households with an annual income of $75,000 or more are also more likely to describe the employment situation as excellent (79% vs. 67%).
At the pandemic’s start, a record-high 25% of employees said it was “very” or “fairly likely” they would be out of work in the following year, but that figure fell to 13% in 2021 and now stands at 15%.
In other words., 30% believe they are “not too likely” to lose their jobs, while more than half (55%) believe they are “not at all likely” to become unemployed in the coming year.
That said, while most employed people in the US believe they will not be laid off in the next year, they also believe that if they did lose their job, they would be able to find a comparable one.
In fact, 31% think it’s “very likely” they will find such a job, 32% claim it’s “somewhat likely,” whereas only 15% believe they are “not at all likely” to find a comparable job.
The responses also differ depending on one’s level of education and income. For example, college graduates and individuals with annual household incomes of $75,000 are more likely to believe they would be able to find another job that was equivalent to their present position if they were laid off.