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Trend: Thinking about the job situation in America today, would you say that it is now a good time or a bad time to find a quality job? Based on those who are employed or who are unemployed and looking for work, 2006 to present

Thinking about the job situation in America today, would you say that it is now a good time or a bad time to find a quality job? Based on those who are employed or unemployed and looking for work

Historical Gallup Data: Consumer Confidence -- Current Conditions

How would you rate economic conditions in this country today -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?

Excellent

Good

Only
fair

Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2008

2008 Dec 4-7

*

4

28

67

*

2008 Nov 13-16

*

6

29

65

*

2008 Oct 10-12

1

4

22

73

*

2008 Oct 3-5

2

7

29

62

1

2008 Sep 8-11

*

11

40

47

1

2008 Aug 21-23

2

14

35

49

*

2008 Aug 7-10

1

12

43

43

1

2008 Jul 10-13

1

9

42

47

1

2008 Jun 9-12

2

7

42

49

1

2008 May 8-11

1

9

41

49

*

2008 Apr 6-9

1

12

40

46

*

2008 Mar 6-9

2

15

44

39

*

2008 Feb 11-14

1

13

46

39

1

2008 Jan 30-Feb 2

2

17

39

42

1

2008 Jan 4-6

3

29

43

25

1

2007

2007 Dec 6-9

3

25

45

27

1

2007 Nov 11-14

2

25

44

28

1

2007 Oct 4-7

5

28

44

23

*

2007 Sep 14-16

3

28

46

23

*

2007 Aug 13-16

4

29

46

20

1

2007 Jul 12-15

8

32

40

20

*

2007 Jul 6-8

8

28

42

21

*

2007 Jun 11-14

5

29

43

23

*

2007 May 10-13

4

28

45

23

*

2007 Apr 2-5

8

35

40

18

*

2007 Mar 11-14

6

32

47

15

*

2007 Feb 1-4

8

35

41

16

*

2007 Jan 15-18

11

41

33

15

*

2006

2006 Dec 11-14

8

34

41

16

1

2006 Nov 9-12

8

32

43

16

--

2006 Oct 20-22

9

35

33

22

1

2006 Oct 9-12

7

34

42

16

1

2006 Sep 7-10

5

29

44

22

1

2006 Aug 7-10

5

31

43

21

*

2006 Jul 6-9

5

33

42

19

1

2006 Jun 1-4

6

30

46

18

*

2006 May 8-11

4

25

45

25

*

2006 Apr 10-13

5

33

40

23

--

2006 Mar 13-16

4

30

45

20

1

2006 Feb 6-9

4

34

42

20

*

2006 Jan 20-22

5

34

41

18

1

2006 Jan 9-12

8

35

37

18

1

2005

2005 Dec 19-22

6

33

39

22

*

2005 Dec 5-8

6

31

43

20

*

2005 Nov 17-20

5

32

39

24

*

2005 Nov 7-10

3

29

47

21

*

2005 Oct 24-26

3

26

45

25

1

2005 Oct 13-16

3

25

46

26

*

2005 Sep 26-28

3

28

41

27

1

2005 Sep 12-15

3

28

44

25

*

2005 Aug 22-25

4

30

42

24

*

2005 Aug 8-11

4

32

46

18

*

2005 Jul 25-28

4

28

44

23

1

2005 Jul 7-10

3

33

45

18

1

2005 Jun 16-19

4

33

40

23

*

2005 Jun 6-8

4

31

45

20

*

2005 May 23-26

3

37

41

19

*

2005 May 2-5

1

30

44

25

*

2005 Apr 18-21

2

29

44

24

1

2005 Apr 4-7

3

29

49

18

1

2005 Mar 21-23

2

30

43

24

1

2005 Mar 7-10

3

32

48

16

1

2005 Feb 21-24

5

33

42

20

*

2005 Feb 7-10

3

37

44

16

*

2005 Jan 3-5

3

38

42

17

*

2004

2004 Dec 5-8

2

35

43

19

1

2004 Nov 7-10

3

33

44

20

*

2004 Oct 11-14

2

32

44

22

*

2004 Oct 9-10

4

31

40

24

1

2004 Sep 13-15

3

36

39

22

*

2004 Aug 9-11

3

36

40

21

*

2004 Jul 30-Aug 1

6

32

39

23

*

2004 Jul 8-11

5

32

41

21

1

2004 Jun 3-6

3

32

44

21

*

2004 May 2-4

2

27

43

27

1

2004 Apr 5-8

3

31

44

22

*

2004 Mar 8-11

2

30

44

24

*

2004 Feb 9-12

2

31

46

21

--

2004 Jan 12-15

3

34

42

21

--

2004 Jan 2-5

3

40

41

16

*

2003

2003 Dec 11-14

3

34

44

19

*

2003 Nov 3-5

2

28

49

21

*

2003 Oct 24-26

2

24

44

30

*

2003 Oct 6-8

2

20

50

27

1

2003 Sep 8-10

1

20

49

30

*

2003 Aug 4-6

1

24

52

23

*

2003 Jul 7-9

1

23

50

26

*

2003 Jun 12-15

1

25

49

25

*

2003 May 19-21

1

20

47

31

1

2003 May 5-7

1

21

50

28

*

2003 Apr 7-9

2

25

51

22

*

2003 Mar 29-30

1

25

51

23

*

2003 Mar 24-25

3

30

47

20

--

2003 Mar 3-5

1

21

46

32

*

2003 Feb 17-19

1

17

48

34

*

2003 Feb 3-6

2

20

53

25

*

2003 Jan 20-22

1

19

49

31

*

2003 Jan 13-16

2

20

50

28

*

2002

2002 Dec 19-22

1

23

48

28

*

2002 Dec 5-8

2

23

51

24

*

2002 Nov 22-24

2

30

45

23

*

2002 Oct 31-Nov 3

2

26

45

26

1

2002 Oct 3-6

2

24

46

27

1

2002 Sep 23-26

2

25

47

25

1

2002 Sep 5-8

2

22

53

23

*

2002 Aug 19-21

1

23

47

28

1

2002 Aug 5-8

1

27

52

19

1

2002 Jul 29-31

2

27

48

22

1

2002 Jul 22-24

2

25

48

24

1

2002 Jul 9-11

2

26

51

20

1

2002 Jun 17-19

2

35

43

19

1

2002 Jun 3-6

3

33

49

14

1

2002 May 20-22

3

38

46

12

1

2002 May 6-9

2

33

51

14

*

2002 Apr 22-24

2

37

46

14

1

2002 Apr 8-11

2

36

51

11

*

2002 Mar 4-7

3

31

51

14

1

2002 Feb 4-6

2

26

55

16

1

2002 Jan 7-9

2

27

54

16

1

2001

2001 Dec 6-9

2

29

53

16

*

2001 Nov 8-11

2

29

50

19

*

2001 Oct 11-14

2

36

48

13

1

2001 Sep 14-15

3

43

44

9

1

2001 Sep 7-10

2

30

49

19

*

2001 Aug 16-19

2

34

49

14

1

2001 Jul 19-22

3

38

47

11

1

2001 Jun 11-17

3

39

45

12

1

2001 May 10-14

3

37

45

15

*

2001 Apr 6-8

4

41

41

14

*

2001 Mar 5-7

3

43

43

10

1

2001 Feb 1-4

7

44

36

13

*

2001 Jan 10-14

11

56

27

6

*

2000

2000 Dec 2-4

12

51

28

8

1

2000 Nov 13-15

19

53

21

7

*

2000 Oct 6-9

14

57

24

4

1

2000 Aug 18-19

25

49

21

4

1

2000 Jul 25-26

26

48

21

4

1

2000 May 18-21

17

49

24

9

1

2000 Apr 3-9

14

46

30

9

1

2000 Jan 7-10

19

52

23

5

1

1999

1999 Oct 21-24

16

49

27

8

*

1999 Sep 10-14

20

47

24

8

1

1999 Aug 24-26

14

50

28

7

1

1999 Jun 4-5

18

56

21

5

*

1999 Jan 15-17

14

55

27

4

*

1998

1998 Dec 4-6

13

52

27

8

*

1998 Oct 29-Nov 1

13

53

27

6

1

1998 Sep 1

11

54

25

9

1

1998 Mar 20-22

20

46

27

7

*

1997

1997 Dec 18-21

7

41

38

12

2

1997 Nov 6-9

10

48

33

9

*

1997 Aug 22-25^

8

41

38

13

*

1997 May 6-7

7

39

38

15

1

1997 Jan 31-Feb 2

4

38

43

15

*

1996

1996 Oct 26-29

5

42

39

13

1

1996 Aug 30-Sep 1 †

3

34

46

16

1

1996 Jul 18-21

5

38

43

14

*

1996 May 9-12

3

27

50

19

1

1996 Apr 9-10

1

26

52

20

1

1996 Mar 15-17

2

31

48

18

1

1996 Jan 5-7

1

28

47

23

1

1995

1995 Nov 6-8

2

28

47

22

1

1995 May 11-14

2

27

50

20

1

1994

1994 Dec 16-18

2

25

52

21

*

1994 Nov 2-6

2

28

49

20

1

1994 Oct 22-25

1

25

52

21

1

1994 Jul 15-17

1

26

52

21

*

1994 Apr 22-24

1

23

49

26

1

1994 Jan 15-17

*

22

54

24

*

1993

1993 Dec 4-6

1

20

57

21

1

1993 Nov 2-4

1

16

50

33

*

1993 Aug 8-10

*

10

49

40

1

1993 Jun 29-30

1

14

52

32

1

1993 Feb 12-14

*

14

46

39

1

1992

1992 Dec 18-20

2

16

34

47

1

1992 Dec 4-6

1

14

41

43

1

1992 Oct 23-25

*

11

45

43

1

1992 Sep 11-15

1

10

37

51

1

1992 Aug 31-Sep 2 †

1

9

37

53

*

1992 Jun 12-14 †

1

11

47

41

*

1992 Apr 9-12 †

1

11

40

48

*

1992 Jan 3-6

*

12

46

41

1

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of half sample

† Asked of registered voters

Historical Gallup Data: Consumer Confidence -- Future Expectations

Right now, do you think that economic conditions in the country as a whole are getting better or getting worse?

Getting
better

Getting
worse

Same
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2008

(NA) 2008 Dec 4-7

13

77

8

2

(NA) 2008 Nov 13-16

15

78

5

2

(NA) 2008 Oct 10-12

9

84

5

3

(NA) 2008 Oct 3-5

10

83

5

2

(NA) 2008 Sep 8-11

17

74

7

2

(NA) 2008 Aug 21-23

19

69

9

3

(NA) 2008 Aug 7-10

17

71

10

2

(NA) 2008 Jul 10-13

7

86

6

1

(NA) 2008 Jun 9-12

8

87

4

1

(NA) 2008 May 8-11

9

86

4

1

(NA) 2008 Apr 6-9

10

83

6

1

(NA) 2008 Mar 6-9

8

87

4

2

(NA) 2008 Feb 11-14

11

82

5

1

(NA) 2008 Jan 30-Feb 2

15

76

6

3

(NA) 2008 Jan 4-6

15

77

6

2

2007

(NA) 2007 Dec 6-9

21

71

6

2

(NA) 2007 Nov 11-14

13

78

6

3

(NA) 2007 Oct 4-7

23

66

8

3

(NA) 2007 Sep 14-16

20

71

7

2

(NA) 2007 Aug 13-16

20

72

6

2

(NA) 2007 Jul 12-15

29

59

10

3

(NA) 2007 Jul 6-8

30

61

7

3

(NA) 2007 Jun 11-14

23

70

6

2

(NA) 2007 May 10-13

28

67

5

1

(NA) 2007 Apr 2-5

29

60

9

2

(NA) 2007 Mar 11-14

28

62

7

3

(NA) 2007 Feb 1-4

38

52

7

2

(NA) 2007 Jan 15-18

38

53

6

3

2006

(NA) 2006 Dec 11-14

35

54

8

2

(NA) 2006 Nov 9-12

38

50

8

4

(NA) 2006 Oct 20-22

41

54

4

2

(NA) 2006 Oct 9-12

38

52

7

3

(NA) 2006 Sep 7-10

31

61

6

2

(NA) 2006 Aug 28-30

22

68

8

2

(NA) 2006 Jul 6-9

28

64

7

2

(NA) 2006 Jun 1-4

28

61

9

3

(NA) 2006 May 8-11

26

68

4

2

(NA) 2006 Apr 10-13

29

64

5

2

(NA) 2006 Mar 13-16

29

61

8

2

(NA) 2006 Feb 6-9

34

57

7

3

(NA) 2006 Jan 20-22

35

54

7

3

(NA) 2006 Jan 9-12

39

52

7

2

2005

(NA) 2005 Dec 19-22

37

56

5

2

(NA) 2005 Dec 5-8

39

50

8

3

(NA) 2005 Nov 17-20

36

58

5

1

(NA) 2005 Nov 7-10

30

61

7

2

(NA) 2005 Oct 24-26

25

66

7

2

(NA) 2005 Oct 13-16

24

68

6

2

(NA) 2005 Sep 26-28

24

66

7

3

(NA) 2005 Sep 12-15

25

66

7

2

(NA) 2005 Aug 22-25

28

63

7

2

(NA) 2005 Aug 8-11

36

52

9

3

(NA) 2005 Jul 25-28

35

53

9

3

(NA) 2005 Jul 7-10

35

54

8

3

(NA) 2005 Jun 16-19

35

57

6

2

(NA) 2005 Jun 6-8

35

55

8

2

(NA) 2005 May 23-26

41

52

5

2

(NA) 2005 May 2-5

32

61

6

1

(NA) 2005 Apr 18-21

31

61

5

3

(NA) 2005 Apr 4-7

35

56

6

3

(NA) 2005 Mar 21-23

33

59

6

2

(NA) 2005 Mar 7-10

41

50

6

3

(NA) 2005 Feb 21-24

43

48

7

2

(NA) 2005 Feb 7-10

47

44

7

2

(NA) 2005 Jan 3-5

48

42

7

3

2004

(NA) 2004 Dec 5-8

47

42

8

3

(NA) 2004 Nov 7-10

49

43

6

2

(NA) 2004 Oct 11-14

39

50

8

3

(NA) 2004 Oct 9-10

43

48

7

2

(NA) 2004 Sep 13-15

47

45

6

2

(NA) 2004 Aug 9-11

45

46

7

2

(NA) 2004 Jul 30-Aug 1

48

43

7

2

(NA) 2004 Jul 8-11

51

38

7

4

(NA) 2004 Jun 3-6

47

45

6

2

(NA) 2004 May 2-4

43

51

4

2

(NA) 2004 Apr 5-8

47

45

6

2

(NA) 2004 Mar 8-11

44

47

7

2

(NA) 2004 Feb 9-12

53

40

6

1

(NA) 2004 Jan 12-15

53

39

6

2

(NA) 2004 Jan 2-5

66

27

4

3

2003

(NA) 2003 Dec 11-14

60

32

7

1

(NA) 2003 Nov 3-5

53

37

8

2

(NA) 2003 Oct 24-26

47

43

8

2

(NA) 2003 Oct 6-8

45

46

7

2

(NA) 2003 Sep 8-10

40

50

8

2

(NA) 2003 Aug 4-6

44

45

9

2

(NA) 2003 Jul 7-9

43

47

8

2

(NA) 2003 Jun 12-15

45

43

10

2

(NA) 2003 May 19-21

40

48

10

2

(NA) 2003 May 5-7

42

51

5

2

(NA) 2003 Apr 7-9

36

51

11

2

(NA) 2003 Mar 29-30

33

56

9

2

(NA) 2003 Mar 24-25

39

47

11

3

(NA) 2003 Mar 3-5

23

67

7

3

(NA) 2003 Feb 17-19

26

63

9

2

(NA) 2003 Feb 3-6

27

60

11

2

(NA) 2003 Jan 20-22

29

57

12

2

(NA) 2003 Jan 13-16

34

54

10

2

2002

(NA) 2002 Dec 19-22

35

50

12

3

(NA) 2002 Dec 5-8

35

54

8

3

(NA) 2002 Nov 22-24

38

53

8

1

(NA) 2002 Oct 31-Nov 3

37

51

8

4

(NA) 2002 Oct 3-6

30

59

8

3

(NA) 2002 Sep 23-26

33

52

10

5

(NA) 2002 Sep 5-8

35

54

9

2

(NA) 2002 Aug 19-21

38

48

10

4

(NA) 2002 Aug 5-8

32

55

9

4

(NA) 2002 Jul 29-31

42

47

8

3

(NA) 2002 Jul 22-24

27

59

10

4

(NA) 2002 Jul 9-11

31

57

10

2

(NA) 2002 Jun 17-19

47

40

10

3

(NA) 2002 Jun 3-6

48

38

11

3

(NA) 2002 May 20-22

49

34

14

3

(NA) 2002 May 6-9

52

39

7

2

(NA) 2002 Apr 22-24

53

35

10

2

(NA) 2002 Apr 8-11

53

37

7

3

(NA) 2002 Mar 4-7

54

37

7

2

(NA) 2002 Feb 4-6

41

47

10

2

(NA) 2002 Jan 7-9

49

41

8

2

2001

(NA) 2001 Dec 6-9

44

48

6

2

(NA) 2001 Nov 8-11

30

59

7

4

(NA) 2001 Oct 11-14

33

55

10

2

(NA) 2001 Sep 14-15

28

60

8

4

(NA) 2001 Sep 7-10

19

70

9

2

(NA) 2001 Aug 16-19

27

59

11

3

(NA) 2001 Jul 19-22

35

53

9

3

(NA) 2001 Jun 11-17

29

60

8

3

(NA) 2001 May 10-14

25

63

9

3

(NA) 2001 Apr 6-8

24

63

9

4

(NA) 2001 Mar 5-7

28

61

7

4

(NA) 2001 Feb 1-4

23

66

8

3

(NA) 2001 Jan 10-14

32

56

8

4

2000

(NA) 2000 Dec 2-4

39

48

8

5

(NA) 2000 Nov 13-15

50

38

9

3

(NA) 2000 Oct 6-9

54

34

10

2

(NA) 2000 Aug 18-19

60

26

10

4

(NA) 2000 Jul 25-26

58

29

9

4

(NA) 2000 May 18-21

52

37

9

2

(NA) 2000 Jan 7-10

69

23

6

2

1999

(NA) 1999 Oct 21-24

52

34

11

3

(NA) 1999 Sep 10-14

59

29

9

3

(NA) 1999 Aug 24-26

54

31

12

3

1998

(NA) 1999 Jun 4-5

60

27

9

4

(NA) 1999 Jan 15-17

63

28

6

3

(NA) 1998 Dec 4-6

52

38

8

2

(NA) 1998 Oct 29-Nov 1

51

38

8

3

(NA) 1998 Sep 1

45

41

11

3

(NA) 1997 Dec 18-21

49

39

8

4

(NA) 1997 Nov 6-9

51

37

9

3

(NA) 1997 May 6-7

50

40

7

3

(NA) 1997 Jan 31-Feb 2

46

39

12

3

1996

(NA) 1996 Oct 26-29

50

38

7

5

(RV) 1996 Aug 30-Sep 1

52

37

8

3

(NA) 1996 Jul 18-21

43

46

9

2

(NA) 1996 May 9-12

39

49

9

3

1992

(RV) 1992 Aug 31-Sep 2

29

59

10

2

(RV) 1992 Aug 10-12

24

65

10

1

(RV) 1992 Jun 12-14

28

61

9

2

(RV) 1992 Apr 9-12

40

45

13

2

(RV) 1992 Mar 20-22

37

51

11

1

(RV) 1992 Jan 31-Feb 1

22

70

7

1

(NA) 1992 Jan 3-6

22

71

6

1

1991

(NA) 1991 Dec 5-8

19

69

9

3

(NA) 1991 Sep 5-8

27

60

10

3

(NA) 1991 Jul 11-14

34

51

9

6

(vol.) = Volunteered response

(NA) = National adults

(RV) = Registered voters

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