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."