It's (still) the economy, stupid, as Americans worry about jobs
American are more pessimistic about the job market than they have been in more than a decade, according to a new Gallup poll that shows that 92% of Americans consider November a bad time to find a good job.
According to another Gallup poll, Americans continue to cite jobs and the economy as the country’s biggest concerns, despite a slight drop in the national unemployment rate in October.
More than one-third of the respondents said the labor market was the most important problem facing the United States today; 30% cited the economy in general.
Other issues such as wars, education and immigration were mentioned by only 3% of the respondents. Dissatisfaction with the government was the only other issue mentioned by more than 10% of those surveyed.
The vast majority surveyed -- 86% -- said they were dissatisfied with current conditions in the country.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that the unemployment rate dropped to 9% in October from 9.1% in September. But despite the 80,000 new jobs added in the U.S. last month, many of those polled by Gallup perceive a lack of high-quality jobs in the U.S. economy.
-- Rosanna Xia
Photo: Job seekers at a career fair in Washington. Credit: Rick Bowmer/Associated Press