Gallup: Most Americans upbeat about job market

By Sara Shayanian  |  June 29, 2018 at 10:36 AM
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June 29 (UPI) -- Most Americans are optimistic about the domestic job market and believe now is the time to find a quality job, a new Gallup Poll said Friday.

According to the survey, 65 percent said they feel upbeat about the job market -- down from 67 percent in May.

The polls show the highest ratings in Gallup's 17 years of tracking Americans' views on the job market.

Gallup said most respondents have been optimistic since President Donald Trump took office, noting approval has been above 60 percent every month since September. Fewer are mentioning the economy as one of the nation's top problems.

The percentages have mirrored government reports on employment, with jobless claims edging down to 3.8 percent in June -- the lowest rate in 18 years.

The survey showed more Republicans than Democrats are optimistic. Eighty-five percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents say it's a good time to find a quality job. Fifty percent of Democrats and leaning independents said the same.

"During the Barack Obama years, Democrats were more optimistic about the job market than Republicans were -- while during the George W. Bush years, Republicans were more positive than Democrats," the Gallup report said.

More than 1,500 people were polled and the results have a margin of error of 4 points.

A separate report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Thursday found 82 percent of employed Americans worked on an average weekday, compared with 33 percent on an average weekend day.

The Labor Department said those with multiple jobs were more likely to work on weekends than were single jobholders -- 57 percent compared with 30 percent, respectively.

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