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Rise in ‘Unhappy’ workers heightens lawsuit risks

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Fewer than half of Americans say they’re satisfied with their jobs, a dramatic drop from 20 years ago when 61 percent said they were satisfied, according to surveys by The Conference Board. And studies have shown that unhappy workers are more likely to sue their employers.

Younger workers are the most disgruntled; just 39 percent of people under age 25 say they’re satisfied with their jobs. Among middle-aged employees (45 to 54), 45 percent said they were happy.

Who’s happiest? Almost half of those over 55 were satisfied.

Geographic breakdown: Frowns abound in the East. Residents of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were the least satisfied with their jobs. The happiest employees? They’re out West in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.  

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