Californians working harder and longer, says survey
The survey of 600 adults, conducted by Canadian research firm Harris/Decima for Everest College, showed that 51% of Californians with jobs have heavier workloads. Meanwhile, 53% reported being less secure in their jobs than they did two years ago. To keep up with the state's booming cost of living, 45% of Californians are working longer hours.
In Southern California, 57% of workers said they were putting in more effort, compared to 46% of Northern Californians. More than 40% of Californians work more than 10 hours a day, including commute time, and 35% said they now have less time for family and friends due to their work schedules.
The suffering economy has led 43% of employed Californians and 50% of the state's job-seekers to think about returning to school. Among workers, 29% said they wanted to head back to the classroom to pick up skills for a new career; 27% said they wanted to enhance their careers.
Most workers -- 64% -- said they were generally satisfied with their jobs, but 53% said their workday stress has climbed. Around 40% said they would abandon California to look for new jobs if they lost their current one -- a likelihood in the next year, according to 27% of respondents. Four out of ten are anticipating pay or benefit cuts.
Everest College, which is owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., has 14 campuses in the state, including several in Southern California.
-- Tiffany Hsu