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Texas workers are optimistic about job availability, security

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The Texas Employee Confidence Index recently reached a high for 2006. The index, which measures adult workers' confidence in their personal employment situation, hit 62.7 in July, up from 60.7 in June and 58.4 in May.

According to the Texas Employment Report, a monthly survey by Harris Interactive and Spherion Corp, 28 percent of workers believe more jobs are available, up from 22 percent in May. Also, the percentage of workers who believe it's unlikely that their jobs will be eliminated in the next year hit 81 percent, up 10 percentage points since June.

The percentage of workers who plan to look for a new job in the next year dropped to 33 percent, down 11 percentage points from May.

While overall confidence is increasing, "it seems that many workers may be hesitant to look for a new job due to lingering uncertainty about the direction of the economy," noted Spherion VP Julie Van Wormer.  

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