Is it a good time to look for a quality job?

Job seekers wait in line to be interviewed during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif. New polling reveals that young people are more positive about the prospects of finding a quality job than their elders.

As the job market shows hints of improving, some folks who quit looking for work will consider dipping their toes back in. Is it a good time to look for a job? Poll results from Gallup reveal that 20 percent of people overall think it's a good time to find a quality job. But how does it compare to where we have been?

"Not good," says Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at Gallup. "We started in 2001 and it reached its peak in 2007, when about half, 48 percent of Americans said that yes, it was a good time to find a quality job."

Newport says it's important to word the question -- with the word quality -- "because a lot of people say, 'I could got a fast-food emporium and get a job, but the real key is I think quality job and we like that wording."

Galllup research finds that 29 percent of young people believe it's a good time to find a quality job. They are most positive than their elders. Newport says that positivity is in part due to politics.

"Democrats are more positive about it being a good time to find a quality job than Republicans. Young people tend to be Democratic," he says. "It may politics that's affecting their view of the job market rather than the reality."

About the author

Frank Newport, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief at Gallup and appears regularly on Marketplace.

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