Job Satisfaction Inches Up, But Is Still Under 50%

A new report finds that, while Americans have higher job satisfaction than they have in years, most are still unhappy with their jobs.

The report, by The Conference Board, is based on a Fall 2013 survey of 5,000 U.S. households. In it, 47.7% of respondents said are satisfied with their jobs — which was up from 47.3 in 2012 and 42.6% in 2010.

In fact, this new survey found the highest levels of job satisfaction shown since the Great Recession, the Board said.

However, the majority of Americans surveyed said they were not satisfied at work. Contrast that with the 1980s and 1990s, when these surveys often found job satisfaction levels in the high-50s.

According to the Board, the last time a majority of Americans surveyed said they were satisfied at work was 2005.

Hopefully, an accelerating economy will push those numbers higher before next year’s survey. It would be nice if we didn’t have to see a full decade of job malaise in the land.


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