The Shattered American Dream: Unemployed Workers Lose Ground, Hope, and Faith in their Futures

Source: Jessica Godofsky, Carl Van Horn, Cliff Zukin, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce
Development, December 2010

From the press release:
National survey finds…
– Nearly 6 in 10 unemployed workers have sought new job for more than one year; fully one-third have searched for more than two years.
– 41% of jobless Americans doubt the ability of either President Obama or a Republican Congress to lead economic recovery
– Prolonged unemployment of U.S. workers leads them to question the value of hard work

The survey, coming on the heels of the national election on November 2, finds that only 30% of the unemployed feel more hopeful about an economic recovery as a result of the election. When asked to choose between President Obama and the Republicans in Congress in who they trust to do a better job handling the economy, “neither” wins at 41%. One third (32%) chose the President and far fewer — just 17% — pick the Republicans in Congress. Another 9% say they trust “both.”

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