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Gallup Job Creation Index hits record high

(July 1, 2015) -- In addition to the record-high U.S. Job Creation Index score, based on employees' reports of hiring activity at their place of work, Americans' self-reports of their own working situation -- as measured in the U.S. Payroll to Population employment rate -- is the best since the fall of 2012, Gallup noted. Read More »

Jobs seen as most positive, negative parts of economy

(June 25, 2015) -- Jobs topped both positive and negative lists, which not only illustrates how top-of-mind jobs are when Americans think about the health of the economy, but also that the jury is still out on whether the job market has improved enough to be considered a boon to the economy, Gallup noted. Read More »

Job creation index edges to new high in May

(June 3, 2014) -- In May, the percentage of workers reporting that their employer was hiring was slightly above the percentage reporting no change in their employer's workforce. This has happened only a few times since the recession, including in April of this year and September 2014; in both months, the index reached a new high point, Gallup explained. Read More »

Americans spending more, but not on wants

(May 21, 2015) -- Americans continue to spend more on things they need, but not on things they want. All five categories of discretionary purchases -- leisure activities, clothing, consumer electronics, dining out and travel -- continue to have negative net spending with substantially more Americans saying they are spending less than last year than those who say they are spending more. Read More »

Small business owners’ optimism dips slightly

(May 11, 2015) -- The reports of declining revenues suggest that the downtick in owners' overall attitudes, more than merely reflecting general attitudes about the U.S. economic environment, appears to indicate an actual negative turn in their business performance, Gallup noted. Read More »

Americans’ spending stable, but up from recession

(May 1, 2015) -- To some extent, America's reliable impulse to report "spending less" may partially be the result of social or moralistic pressures that compel some individuals to portray an image of thriftiness, though this may not accurately reflect their behavior. Read More »

Americans settling on older retirement age

(April 30, 2015) -- Nearly four in 10 nonretired Americans, 37 percent, expect to retire after age 65. This percentage is consistent with recent years, but it is up from 31 percent in 2009 and nearly three times the 14 percent who said this in 1995, Gallup reported today. Read More »

Fewer non-homeowners expected to buy homes

(April 28, 2015) -- Non-homeowners' expectations for buying a home in the near future appear to be waning, and the percentage who say they own their own home is the lowest in nearly 15 years, Gallup noted. A futurist speaking at the 2014 RVIA annual meeting predicted that members of the Millennial generation would abandon home ownership and embrace a more mobile lifestyle. Read More »

Economic confidence wanes for sixth week

(April 28, 2015) -- Gallup's Economic Confidence Index averaged -3 for the week ending April 26. The index has been at this level for six weeks, but it is still above where it was for most of 2014, Gallup reported, noting the index is also well above where it was at this time last year, Read More »

Workers’ job loss fears back to pre-recession level

(April 24, 2015) -- In the United States, 13 percent of employed adults think it is "very" or "fairly" likely that they will be laid off in the next 12 months, down slightly from the 16 percent who feared job loss a year ago, Gallup reported today. The percentage who fear being laid off is down from a high of 21 percent in 2010. Read More »

American optimism about finances at 11-year high

(April 20, 2015) --The percentage earning over $75,000 who say their finances are getting better jumped 14 percentage points from last year. However, middle-income earners are only slightly more optimistic than they were last year, Gallup reported. Read More »

Gallup: U.S. managers have low rates of depression

(April 15, 2015) -- Gallup has recently been focusing on what it means to be a manager in the United States, underscoring the importance of the finding that managers are less likely to report being depressed than are office workers or professional workers, the people with whom managers work closely and often lead. Read More »

Investors confident about retirement savings

(April 6, 2015) -- Less than half (47 percent) of retired investors are "very" confident they have enough savings to last throughout their retirement, while even fewer nonretired investors, 28 percent, are very confident they will have saved enough by the time they retire. Read More »

Americans feeling better about finances over 2014

(Feb. 16, 2015) -- Americans' rare feeling better about their financial situation with 50 percent saying they are feeling better compared to 43 percent who said the same in January 2014. This is highest percentage saying they are feeling better about their financial situation since 2013. Read More »