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Bill Radke: A new survey finds job satisfaction among workers lucky enough to be employed is down. Nearly half of Americans surveyed are unhappy with their work. Marketplace’s Nancy Marshall Genzer looks into it.
Nancy Marshall Genzer: The survey, released today by the Conference Board, found that only 45 percent of the workers surveyed were satisfied. That was the lowest level recorded in more than 20 years of research.
The report says the bad economy is to blame. High unemployment makes it hard to find interesting work. Workers’ incomes haven’t kept up with inflation. And they’re having to contribute more toward their health insurance.
Employees under age 25 were the most unhappy. They face fewer opportunities and low wages. The Conference Board says overall job satisfaction has been falling steadily for the past two decades. Since 2000, average household incomes adjusted for inflation have been shrinking.
In Washington, I’m Nancy Marshall Genzer for Marketplace.
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