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Worker confidence in economy is up, study shows

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Is it because the other shoe hasn’t yet dropped—or is the economy really stabilizing? Whether it’s perception or reality, workers tell researchers they’re feeling more confident these days.

Spherion Corp., a nationwide staffing company, has raised its Employee Confidence Index to 49.9, the highest level since December 2007. Spherion based its assessment on data gathered in August.

The survey found that 24% of U.S. workers believe the economy is getting stronger—8% more than a month earlier.

Nobody is getting cocky yet. Sixty-nine percent of those polled said too few jobs are available, but that’s down from 72% a month earlier. Eight percent felt more jobs were available, up from 6% in July.

The picture in Ohio, however remains a little gloomier than the rest of the country. A Manpower Inc. survey of Columbus-area businesses found few employers (8%) plan to hire new employees during the fourth quarter—and 9% plan to trim staff.

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