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Rasmussen Poll: Most Feel Best Career Move Is to Stay Put

Friday, 09 Nov 2012 09:06 AM

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The best career move a person can make these days is to stick with the job he or she has and resist the temptation to look for greener pastures, a new Rasmussen Reports survey finds.

Overall, 51 percent of the 625 employed adults surveyed said sticking with their current company offered the best opportunity for career advancement, while only 32 percent believed that jumping ship to work for someone else was a better way to get ahead.

Another 18 percent weren’t sure.

Editor's Note: Startling Proof of the End of America’s Middle Class. Details in the Video

“The number of working Americans who feel staying with their current company is the best option for them is up from 41 percent in early September and matches the highest level ever measured on this question,” Rasmussen Reports.

“Only 18 percent of those who are employed are currently looking for a job outside their current company, down from 28 percent in the previous survey and the lowest level found yet,” the firm added.

Unemployed Americans, meanwhile, are looking for work in greater numbers these days.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed the U.S. economy added 171,000 jobs in October, beating out analysts’ calls for a gain of around 125,000.

The headline unemployment rate, however, rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September, as more jobless workers jumped into the labor force by actively seeking work.

Those who are unemployed but are not actively seek new jobs are not counted as part of the labor force.

Meanwhile, the number of Americans filing new jobless claims fell last week.

Seasonally adjusted weekly initial jobless claims dropped by 8,000 to 355,000, according to the Labor Department.

Analysts gave the data lukewarm applause.

“Despite recent marginal improvement in the overall economy, there has been little corresponding improvement in jobless claims. The labor market remains flat at best,” Joseph Trevisani, chief market strategist at Worldwide Markets in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., told Reuters.

Other experts have pointed out the labor market needs to gain much more speed before life begins to resemble pre-recession times.

“Unfortunately the economy has close to 8 percent unemployment and to bring that down to 6 percent over three years you would have to create about 350,000 jobs a month,” Peter Morici, a professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, told Newsmax TV.

Editor's Note: Startling Proof of the End of America’s Middle Class. Details in the Video

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