A Whopping 81% Know Someone Out of Work and Looking for a Job

Only 25% of Americans think unemployment will be lower a year from today. We're definitely not back from the brink

Eight-out-of-10 Americans continue to know someone who is unemployed and currently looking for work. Most adults also remain pessimistic about the future job market.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 81% of Adults know someone who is out of work and looking for a job. Although that finding is up five points from October, it's generally consistent with findings going back to August 2009. Only 13% don’t know someone who is jobless and currently searching for one.

The national unemployment rate is 9.5%, and only 25% of Americans think unemployment will be lower a year from today. That’s down 11 points from late January when 36% felt that way. Twenty-six percent (26%) say unemployment will be higher in a year's time, while a plurality (41%) says it’ll stay about the same.

Only 16% of adults believe the job market is better than it was a year ago, down eight points from the previous survey. Thirty-six percent (36%) think the market is worse than last year, while 44% say it’s about the same
Number from the US Debt Clock: 13.4 million Americans unemployed, actual unemployment (those who quit looking or are working part-time instead of full-time added) is 24.1 million