The latest figure (63%) continues the ascent of those knowing laid-off workers over the past few years. In August 2001, 43% said they knew someone who had been laid off or fired recently; by October 2001, the percentage had grown to 50%, according to the results of a recent Gallup poll.
Unemployment is definitely on the collective psyche of workers. An increasing number of Americans cite unemployment or jobs as the most important problem facing the country. A substantial proportion said they could survive without a job for only about a month before “experiencing significant financial hardship.”
Additionally, the n ational job outlook remains bleak. When Americans were asked if now is a good time to find a quality job, the answer has been a resounding “no” for the 19 straight months since Gallup began asking this question on a routine basis in October 2001. More recently, when polled about their outlook toward the job market right now, 23% responded to this being a good time to find a quality job. Conversely, a full three-quarters of the survey respondents said this is a bad time.