Gallup: Most Americans upbeat about job market

Gallup: Most Americans upbeat about job market

June 29 (UPI) — Most Americans are optimistic by the job market and believe now is the time to find a quality job, results from a new Gallup Poll indicate.

According to the poll results released Friday, 65 percent of Americans feel upbeat about the job market — compared to 67 percent in May.

The recent results are the highest ratings in Gallup’s 17-year history of tracking this measure of Americans’ views of the employment situation, the report said.

Gallup said Americans have been optimistic about the job market since President Donald Trump took office, noting polls on the state of the job market have been above 60 percent every month since September. Fewer Americans are mentioning the economy as one of the nation’s top problems, Gallup added.

The high polling percentages have mirrored government reports on employment, with unemployment edging down to 3.8 percent in June — the lowest rate in 18 years.

However, more Republicans than Democrats are optimistic about finding a job. Eighty-five percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents now say it is a good time to find a quality job, contrasted with 50 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, Gallup said.

“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,” Gallup wrote.

The findings were based on a survey of 1,520 adults. The results have a margin of error of 4 points.

A separate report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday found that in 2017, 82 percent of employed persons worked on an average weekday, compared with 33 percent on an average weekend day.

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