The nation’s historically tight job market just seems to keep getting tighter. The latest evidence is a poll released yesterday by Gallup showing a record high 71% saying now is a good time to find a quality job. It’s the highest percentage since Gallup began tracking the question back in 2001.
“This represents a significant improvement from March and April, when 65% each month rated the job market favorably,” said Lydia Saad, writing for Gallup’s website.
“As Gallup has found, historically, those in the workforce are a bit more positive today about the job market than are all U.S. adults: 74% vs. 71%, respectively, say now is a good time to find a quality job. That 74% of workers rating the job market positively is also the highest in Gallup’s trend since 2001…”
The latest survey was conducted May 1-12, with most of the interviews collected after the May 3 Labor Department report announcing that unemployment in April had fallen to 3.6%, the lowest in nearly 50 years.
Not surprisingly, Americans’ broader perceptions of the U.S. economy are pretty positive, though not as high as they were in February or a certain points in 2018.
51% of Americans rate current economic conditions as excellent or good, and just over half of U.S. adults (54%) say economic conditions are getting better.