New York — March 8
The Randstad Employee Confidence Index rose 1.4 points in February to 53.5, a sign U.S. workers may be feeling slightly more upbeat about the economy and the job market.
The index, which tracks U.S. workers’ perspectives around jobs and the economy each month, revealed that 30 percent of workers believe the economy is strengthening and nearly a quarter say more jobs are available. The study, conducted online by Harris Interactive, surveyed 1,071 U.S. workers in February.
Workers confidence could be on the decline, the survey suggests, as recent increases in gas prices and payroll taxes continue to take effect.
Thirty percent of employees believe the economy is getting stronger, according to the survey, up four percentage points from January.
About 24 percent of workers believe there are more jobs available, compared to only 19 percent sharing this sentiment last month, the survey said.