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Californians working harder and longer, says survey

September 1, 2009 |  9:46 am
More than half of the employees in California are working harder and longer with less job security than they did before the recession, according to survey results released today.

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