There is also some concern over personally becoming unemployed, according to a press release. Almost two in five Americans (37%) say they are concerned that the main income earner in their household might become unemployed in the next six months, while 28% are not very concerned. Just over one-third of U.S. adults (35%) say they are not at all concerned this might happen.
Less than one-quarter of Americans (23%) believe the job market in their region will be better in six months while one-quarter (24%) say it will be worse. Over half of Americans (53%) believe the job market will remain the same over the next six months.
More than two in five U.S. adults (43%) say the job market will not improve for another year or even longer, the highest number of Americans who have said this since the question was first asked in December 2009, the press release said. One in five (22%) U.S. adults say the job market will not start improving for another six to 12 months from now. Yet, there are some people who see the recovery starting even sooner for the job market, as 12% believe it will start to improve in the next six months and 7% say it has already started growing.
Westerners seem to feel the worst about the job market, as almost three-quarters of them (73%) say it is bad in their region of the country and only 8% say it is good. Southerners feel the best about the job market, as almost one in five (18%) say the job market in their region is good while 58% say it is bad.The Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between October 11 to 18, 2010, among 3,084 adults (aged 18 and over).