Three in Five Americans Very Happy at Work's Labor Happiness Survey shows westward tilt on job

satisfaction scale

More than half of hourly workers say job is "career," Two in five hourly

workers report incomes of $50,000 or greater

Aug 27, 2007, 01:00 ET from

    RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While they may not be
 whistling while they work, a new survey of U.S. workers finds that most
 Americans are very happy in their jobs, with those who are living in the
 West, married, and Hispanic showing the highest incidence of workplace
     The Labor Happiness Survey, commissioned by the nation's
 largest online source of hourly jobs and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs,
 a leading, independent, global-market research firm, found that 61 percent
 of American workers are very happy in their current positions.
     "On-the-job happiness is a telling barometer for the larger employment
 picture in a number of ways," said Shawn Boyer, president and CEO of "Happy workers are, by and large, more productive, more
 committed and more likely to seek advancement within their current places
 of employment. At a time when the economy is giving us mixed signals, this
 worker happiness survey is an unambiguously positive indicator."
     The happiest workers, by demographic sector, are living in the West
 (67% vs. 64% in the Midwest and 59% in the South and 52% in the Northeast),
 married (64% vs. 54% for those not married) and Hispanic (67% vs. 61% for
 whites and 51% for others).
     In addition to gauging happiness levels, the survey also provided
 insights into a range of other worker attitudes toward their jobs. More
 than half of all hourly workers (56%), for example, consider their job as
 their full-time career, especially men (62%). As a whole, two in five
 hourly workers (39%) reported having a household income of $50,000 or more.
     "While many Americans take hourly positions as their first jobs or to
 supplement their income, most hourly workers in the U.S. are unmistakably
 career oriented," Boyer said. "As this survey makes clear, hourly workers
 are not the stereotypical low-wage earners but, in fact, have great
 potential to make an attractive income."
     According to the survey, more than half (61%) of the working population
 consider health insurance their most valuable benefit at work, followed by
 a retirement savings plan (19%) and paid-time off (11%). Interestingly,
 health care also was cited as the single most important issue facing the
 country (21%), with the war in Iraq (20%) and the economy (18%) close
     As for workers' outlook toward the future, they indicated overwhelming
 unease over large future expenses, such as retirement and children's
 education, with 44 percent of survey respondents ranking it as their
 primary concern. Health concerns and family, including how they will be
 cared for, tied for second at 17 percent each.
     About the Survey
     The Labor Happiness Survey was conducted July 31, 2007 -
 Aug. 8, 2007 by IPSOS Public Affairs, an independent and global,
 survey-based research company owned and managed by research professionals.
 As part of its weekly U.S. Telephone Omnibus Study, IPSOS interviewed 1,004
 employed adults ages 18 and older, reaching a representative sample of
 America's population of hourly and salaried workers. The margin of error
 for the entire survey is 3.1% at a 95% confidence level. The survey
 included 571 hourly workers, and the margin of error for this
 sub-population is 4.1% at a 95% confidence level.
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