Survey of Ohio Workers Sends Mixed Signals About Employees Outlook

By Staff Report

Jan. 22, 2010

The unemployment rate in Ohio remains in double-digit territory, which could explain why the latest monthly survey commissioned by staffing firm Spherion Corp. sends mixed signals about how people feel about the labor market and their job prospects.

According to Spherion’s Ohio Employment Report for December, which was conducted by polling firm Harris Interactive, only 4 percent of workers believe that more jobs exist in the marketplace, a decrease of 12 percentage points from November.

However, the December survey finds 43 percent of workers were confident in their ability to find a job, an increase of nine percentage points from the previous month.

In a similar positive vein, 72 percent of workers said they were confident in the future of their employers, an increase of 13 percentage points from November.

Filed by Crain’s Cleveland Business, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail

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