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Date: 03/06/2007 | Category: Business | Author: Diana Heeb Bivona

It appears that more and more Americans are unhappy with their job.  According to The Conference Board, there has been a  decline in job satisfaction over a period of two decades, with little to suggest a significant reversal in attitudes anytime soon.  Less than half of all Americans are satisfied with their jobs  That’s down from 61% twenty years ago.

While dissatisfaction does not discriminate in terms of age, one group in particular are definitely not happy.  Less than 39% of workers under the age of 25 are satisfied with their employment situation.

Other report findings included:

  • The lowest level of job satisfaction is exhibited among workers earning $15,000 or less per year.
  • Workers whose earnings exceed $50,000 per year, at 52 percent, are the most satisfied with their employment situation.
  • With less than 41 percent of householders claiming to be satisfied with their current job, the Middle Atlantic states (NY, NJ and PA) are home to the least satisfied workers in the U.S.
  • The West South Central region (TX, OK, AR, LA) is home to the second least satisfied workforce. Only 43 percent of workers say they are satisfied with their overall employment situation.
  • The most content workers tend to reside in the Mountain states (MT, ID, WY, NV, UT, CO, AZ, NM). Here, 56 percent of all workers say they are satisfied with their job.
  • Consumers rated bonus plans and promotion policies as the least satisfactory benefits of employment, with less than 23 percent claiming they are satisfied with their company’s policies.
  •  Less than 30 percent of respondents claim to be satisfied with educational and job training programs as well as non-monetary reward/recognition and performance review processes.
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