Poll finds unprecedented anxiety over jobs

More than 6 in 10 workers worry about getting a pink slip, the highest level in decades.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 27, 2013 10:45AM

Image: Unemployed man (© Rubberball/Jupiterimages)In a dreary sign of economic doldrums, more than six in 10 workers worry that they will lose their jobs, according to a Washington Post-Miller Center poll. 

It was the highest level in more than a dozen surveys dating to the 1970s, the newspaper reported.

A record 32 percent also said they worry "a lot" about losing their jobs. 

The newspaper noted that the anxiety is concentrated among low-income workers: 54 percent of workers making $35,000 or less now worry "a lot" about losing their jobs, compared with 37 percent of lower-income workers in 1992. 

In addition, 85 percent of lower-income workers fear that their families' income will not be enough to meet expenses, up 25 points from a 1971 survey.

The poll of 1,509 adults was conducted Sept. 6-12. It had an overall margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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Nov 27, 2013 11:59AM

I work for a large American corporation, a household name that draws 99% of its revenues from here in the USA and not one, i mean not one, of our computer programmers are citizens of this country. We are currently in process of sending our call center and document imaging and other back office tasks to the Philippines.

This is not a right or left issue. This is an American issue and if a revolution is needed, let it begin.

Nov 27, 2013 11:54AM
We should all be worried as government reach continues to grow while private enterprise continues to get squeezed out by government regulation and big boy cronyism at the top. Let's not forget we are headed down the path of the US dollar losing its status as the worlds reserve currency. That just might be the final straw and the media aint covering that topic...
Nov 27, 2013 12:16PM
A government that is:
Increasing Taxes
Increasing Spending
Increasing Regulation

. . . Will destroy wealth, produce a shrinking economy.

Nov 27, 2013 12:29PM
True article - many companies in the US are still downsizing and still resorting to layoffs to reduce overhead costs to make themselves look profitable.

Of course we're concerned we could be next when we see our dedicated, experienced, and long-term co-workers get the boot!
Nov 27, 2013 12:34PM
It's called the 'Maximizing Shareholder Value' paradigm that has hijacked U.S. capitalism.  For the better part of the 20th century, it was all about 'generating' shareholder value.  But once B-schools started teaching the 'maximizing' version, this meant wringing the wet towel dry.  It's sending a once-great country (and economy) swirling around the toilet bowl like a you-know-what.  If our GDP is continually off-shored and downsized in the name of 'maximizing shareholder value', good luck to the Good Ole USA, it won't be pretty.
Nov 27, 2013 12:28PM
Unexpected,my @$$ ! Obama's income redistribution regime has been evident from the inception of his first election campaign. We are seeing the effects of his hatred of the free enterprise system. 
Nov 27, 2013 12:56PM
Nov 27, 2013 12:42PM
Let's tax outsourcing jobs overseas!  What a great revenue source with so many companies doing it today we could balance the budget or run a surplus.  Leveling the playing field is the only thing US business understands.
Nov 27, 2013 1:26PM

Obama is a community organizing PUNK.   He couldn't organize a baseball game

 RESPECT is earned, not given !!!!
Nov 27, 2013 1:17PM
Happy Thanksgiving to All ! May you and your families have a safe Holiday.
Nov 27, 2013 12:27PM

Obama is the Apex of what is wrong with reverse discrimination.


Discrimination = Bad

Reverse Discrimination = Bad

No Discrimination = Good

Nov 27, 2013 11:58AM
Once again be cautious folks....You saw it happen one more time yesterday....Up most of the day, low volume and when the call came in the last hour scumbags started doing their thing and most gains were given back....Pure and simple market manipulation....Do not be too shocked if something similar happens today, volume is low, we are up a bit, but we have over 5 hours to go....There are no holidays for these manipulating bastards, do not forget that....More later.
Nov 27, 2013 1:14PM

How can this be? The libtards keep telling how wonderful of a job the idiot in the whitehouse has been doing.

Nov 27, 2013 1:28PM
Nov 27, 2013 1:18PM


Nov 27, 2013 1:59PM

The 21st Century Fiefdom,

   Welcome to the 'United Corporations Of America', founded on the principal that the sacrosanct profit-imperative will forever be the primary directive...with the worsening human toll simply constituting the expectant collateral damage.The 'lubrication' for these insidious corporate engines are the minions of average Americans whose unrelenting human toil, time and temerity are considered fair 'compensation' for their sacrifice before the alter of the always elusive almighty dollar.

   How can any economic system survive and thrive when one half of 1% of the population has so much money that they can purchase all of the power and policy making at the very highest levels to not only protect their wealth but in fact to multiply it without apparent headwind?

   Obviously, the system as it now stands is not working for 99% of the 312 million average Americans who must worry daily not about their blue chip stock portfolio but their jobs and the amount of food in their pantry or refrigerator. Is this the America that our forefathers envisioned for their future generations, or is this the America that has been created through the collusion of big government the uber-rich, the privileged and the corporation?  Our freedoms, our quality of life and our very worth as human beings have been redefined by an omnipresent cabal of powers that now have no checks nor balances, and the genuine fear is that we can not long survive under this new paradigm of feudal life.

Peace to all ~

Nov 27, 2013 1:32PM
And this is a surprise to anyone?

Go to govt for your education
Go to govt for your health ins.
Go to govt for your retirement
Go to govt for your home loan
Go to govt for your student loan

Nov 27, 2013 1:04PM

Nov 27, 2013 1:17PM
But according to the administration, the economy is doing great! We've created millions of jobs...uhhhh haven't we?? Why in the world would there be anxiety over jobs???
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