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Majority of American workers worried about job and benefits security, poll shows

The gradually falling unemployment rate is not yet providing American workers with a sense of security about their current employment status. In fact, the majority (56 percent) of employees are worried about job and benefits security as they watch the inner working of their employers’ daily decisions about these critical issues. These are among the findings of the new Harris Poll Job Security Index which forms a baseline score that will be measured monthly to track the changing sentiment of American workers.

The online survey of 1,014 American workers conducted between March 19 and 21 found that:

  • More than three in four (77 percent) workers believe their benefits will be reduced, especially health benefits.
  • More than three in five (64 percent) believe their salaries will not increase.
  • Half (50 percent) believe they will be asked to do more work for the same pay.

The April data also shows 14 percent of employees worry that they will lose their job in the next three months, and one in five (20 percent) say it is likely they will have their salary or hours reduced. In addition, 32 percent of American workers say that if they were going to look for a new job in the next three months, they would not be likely to find one.

Source: Harris Interactive; www.harrisinteractive.com.