Economy

GALLUP DAILY

Aug 15-21, 2016
Gallup Good Jobs 47.3% +0.1
Underemployed 12.7% +0.1
Unemployed 5.1% +0.1
Job Creation Index 31 -2
Economic Confidence Index -12 -
Consumer Spending $86 -5
Updates Tuesdays at 1 p.m. ET; reflects one-week change

U.S. workers have become more satisfied with many aspects of their jobs, and are most positive about physical safety, relations with coworkers, flexibility and job security. Workers are least satisfied with stress and health benefits.

The image of the U.S. real estate industry improved for the fifth straight year in 2016, with more than twice as many Americans having a positive view (44%) as a negative view (21%).

Twenty percent of U.S. workers say they are making less money than they did five years ago, down from 28% in 2013. Also, 23% say their job does not take full advantage of their skills and training.

by Frank Newport

Despite rabid disagreements on many issues, the recent economic speeches by Trump and Clinton showed areas of agreement on economic policy, including several areas in which both candidates are in sync with American public opinion.

Of 25 business and industry sectors, the restaurant industry has the top image score this year, with 66% of Americans rating it positively and only 7% negatively. Computers are a close second, while the federal government is dead last.

About four in 10 Americans (39%) in August say it is a good time to find a quality job, down slightly from 43% in July.

U.S. investors split into two camps in the method they prefer for interacting with the financial services firm that handles their investments. Fifty percent rely on digital options, while 47% say the branch or telephone is most important.

Lydia Saad, senior editor at Gallup, will lead the Webinar "Analyzing Gallup's Economic Confidence Index".

The U.S. Gallup Good Jobs rate was 47.1% in July and unemployment was 5.1%, the best rates Gallup has recorded for each since 2010. Workforce participation was 67.8%, the highest since June 2013.

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