Rutgers survey: Americans finally have confidence in the job market

    Carl Van Horn

    Carl Van Horn

    Recent national survey results offer optimism regarding American attitudes about the job market.

    Carl Van Horn, professor of public policy at Rutgers University and co-author of the study released by Rutgers’ Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, joined NewsWorks Tonight’s Dave Heller to discuss how Americans are finally seeing the bright side after the Great Recession.

    Confidence in the job market is a relatively new feeling, according to Van Horn.

    “What we find is that Americans are much less concerned about the economy. They think that it is a better time to find a job than any time since the early part of the Recession,” he said. “Even just two years ago, they were feeling much less optimistic.”

    Van Horn noted that public optimism isn’t always directly connected to the strength of the job market. “For many years, the economic statistics were improving, but American attitudes weren’t. This is the first time in our series where we’ve seen an uptick in confidence that the future is looking good.”

    You can hear their conversation below. 

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