Cities with the most and least miserable workers

Where are employees the happiest, and where do they feel like their voices aren't heard in the workplace?

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Apr 25, 2014 7:38PM
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Low and stagnant wages (not enough to pay your basic bills without govt assistance). No or minimal health insurance. No pension or 401k. No vacation. Erratic work hours. No respect. No job security. Bullying, hostile bosses. Record corporate profits. Record CEO pay. Record wealth concentrated with the rich. Record government money printing to undermine the value of what few dollars most Americans get. Welcome to America, the happiest place on earth.
Apr 28, 2014 6:39AM
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I have worked since I was a seven-year-old farm boy.  Worked 25 years in blue-collar jobs, went to college as an adult and while working and got two college degrees, and then worked another 25 years in techical jobs.  Though I was grateful for the work, realized I would have nothing without it, and was competent and productive in every position I was ever in, I essentially hated every job I ever had.  This was due to either incompetent bosses, difficult and exhausting physical or mental work, extrordinarily long hours, long commutes, inadequate compensation, lack of management direction or equipment, or lazy and unproductive co-workers that increased my work load without increasing my paycheck.  If you have a job or profession you love, you are fortunate and I am happy for you.  For  most people, work is a necessary evil that provides income, but very little else as far as personal satisfaction or happiness.  I'm just damn glad I am finally retired and can do or not do whatever I want to, and have put aside enough money over the years to live on for the rest of my life..

Apr 25, 2014 7:00PM
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When the recession hit in 2008, a lot of employers got high caliber employees at a bargain rate. Is it any wonder that those workers are not happy making 1/3 less in some cases. Employers know that employees don't have many options out there and are pretty much stuck.
Apr 25, 2014 7:22PM
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Hard to be happy when our gov. and anyone that has to do with it is constantly sticking it to us! 
Apr 28, 2014 6:51AM
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Thank NAFTA and the world trade org. This is where we lost our manufacturing jobs back in 2000.

We have to compete with countries with no epa regulations and use slave labor. We need to bring back tariffs on products from places that don't have the same set of rules. The owners of this country won't let the government do that because they are making too much money. We need to remove lobbying from politics before we can improve our country.

Apr 25, 2014 10:32PM
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Government keeps saying change is on the way.  Change is indeed coming but from outside the government and in a big way.  I can feel it and it is not far off.  I think if nothing improves before our next presidents second year in office that it will get really ugly from outside the government.  People need to unite and vote this crap out of office.  Dems and Reps they all need to go, need fresh faces, intelligence and new ideas to make America better for all.  Give us our country back damn it!
Apr 25, 2014 10:10PM
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I now have a college degree, own my home outright, dry my laundry on the line, cut firewood and still can't put away any money. I know how to stretch a dollar. When will I see the middle class lifestyle I grew up in? Never! Nor do I care! Your possessions end up owning you! Better to adopt a dog and enjoy true love, and not worry about the future.
Apr 25, 2014 8:09PM
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I love the way MSN has stopped all comments on any story except the lame unimportant ones!!!
Apr 26, 2014 8:39AM
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The sad thing is that all the surveys and studies and such don't amount to anything. Nothing ever changes because people in power both financially and politically are too entrenched and they are looking out for numero uno. Their financial house of cards collapsed and they quickly threw their (fake) capitalist ideals out the window to save their financial empires and protect their power. A collapse was just what capitalism dictated and exactly what we needed to clean out all the centuries of crap. It would have been hard and brutal and SHORT and our economy would be firing on all cylinders now. They all ripped us off to the tune of trillions and told us they were doing it for our own good and we bought it. They got President Obama elected as a distraction and a scapegoat - the old divide and conquer -and it worked like a charm. They knew the racists would be clamoring and focusing on him instead of all the other dirty dealings that have been occurring for decades - and even centuries. The people overly focused on Obama are the dumbest ones of all. The fact that they think one man, any man, even the president is really in control of this mess of a country or can change all the injustices, abuses and financial fleecing that has been occurring for a long time are silly. It is a little too late for the tea party to be concerned about spending and deficits- that horse left the barn decades ago. In recent times the masses have been too busy stuffing their faces and talking and texting themselves into oblivion. Notice the only thing of "significance" America is inventing lately is more improved cell phones and computers. Simply more ways to help keep people dumb and distracted - along with all the other mindless crap like movies, sports and reality TV and the mostly mindless drivel and sound bites about nonsense that the media keeps churning out on a daily basis and calling it news. In moderation none of these things are bad but Americans are simply gorging themselves on it to the point where they are so easily controlled and manipulated it is pathetic.
Apr 28, 2014 8:41AM
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Those who have very little, have very little to lose....... Remember that Corporate America.
Apr 26, 2014 12:13AM
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If you're not happy, find a hobby.   Guns for instance.  With every shot, stress is relieved.
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It's too bad America can't export complaining, we could fix the budget deficit in less than a year!
Apr 25, 2014 7:28PM
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Very easy to be happy........I'm retired!  Time to serve at a nursing home once a week as well as tutor at a local charter school 3 days a week.  Retirement life is now 6 Saturdays' and 1 Sunday.
Apr 28, 2014 7:00AM
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Since the ancient times of the Egyptians, Greeks, Israelites and the Romans the vast majority of people have hated their jobs. Having said that, this hatred of our jobs is spilling over into other aspects of our lives. Nobody liked their jobs in the fifties, sixties and seventies, but people seemed happier.
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Be grateful for what you have and what you do not have.........
Apr 28, 2014 8:19AM
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Basic rule of life - You get what you pay for !
Apr 26, 2014 1:26PM
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Work in a Dairy/cheese plant in WI. The most miserable, unfriendly group of people imaginable.
Apr 25, 2014 7:32PM
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Ever driven through Fayetteville?  Hard to believe there is even any work there, several times through all I can manage to see are some hotels, restaurants, call girls and soldiers.
What's up with Middletown NY?  The median income is over 60K and everyone is still miserable?  Is that because they are New Yorkers who complain about everything or is that because 10 years ago the median income was probably around 80-90K?
If this eastern panhandle area of West Virginia was close enough to No. VA to be considered a metro area, it would easily top the list, the number of people here who are overly dissatisfied with their job and/or their employers greatly overwhelms the 46% claim of a positive supervisor/employee relationship that Fayetteville numerates.
Of course, if this area were closer to the DC Metro area, people would probably be making a living wage, otherwise the only way to get ahead over here is to work 3 jobs, get into one of the state dept. jobs using the 'good ole boy' networking technique of who you know over what you know, or having a Class A CDL and working long haul away from home 25 days of the month.
Sucks.


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Don't worry, Mr Obama will take care of use, he says so!
Apr 28, 2014 7:28AM
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Whenever the labor supply is greater than demand it is an employer market. Don't like it, then go elsewhere. We'll pay your replacement less, Employee markets are less supply and greater demand. We'll pay you more than the other guy if you work for us. Today is a foolery because the stores are packed with 50% of the people on government assistance. Seems good but take away the free money & the recession returns and happy days leave those on free money. 
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