CBS NEWS POLLFor release: Tuesday, February 12, 20136:30 pm ETThe Economy: A Bleak Jobs Assessment
February 6-10, 2012
The economy and jobs continues to be the top concern for Americans, as it has been for the past five years. While most still say the economy is in bad shape, positiveevaluations of the economy have risen since last year.
Yet, most say jobs are difficult to find in their community and 45% don’t think the jobslost in their area will ever come back. 41% believe they will.Immigration and gun policy may be dominating much of the political discussion these days, but40% of Americans volunteer the economy and jobs as the most important problem facing thecountry, far ahead of any other issue. The economy has topped the list since January 2008.
Most Important Problem Facing the Country
Economy and Jobs40%Budget deficit/debt11Guns 4Immigration 3Health care 3
The nation’s unemployment rate has been below 8% for five consecutive months, but a majorityof Americans (72%) say jobs remain difficult to find in their community, and nearly two-thirds of Americans either working or looking for work say job opportunities in their specific line of workare hard to find.Majorities of both college graduates (67%) and those without a degree (74%) say jobs are noteasy to find where they live.
Job Opportunities Available
Jobs in Your CommunityJobs in Your Line of Work*Plenty available22%33%Difficult to find7264
*among Americans working or looking for work
Looking ahead, views are mixed on whether jobs lost during the recession will return when theeconomy improves. 45% of Americans don’t expect those jobs to come back, but 41% thinkthey will. Americans are less optimistic today about jobs returning to their community then theywere in December 2009.
Will The Lost Jobs In Your Community Come Back?