Job.com Poll Uncovers Jobseeker Skepticism after State of the Union Address
March 03, 2010
Fredericksburg VA -- March 3, 2010 -- A recent Job.com poll posted in early February, which surveyed over 6,000 Job.com jobseekers, revealed that jobseekers nationwide find themselves divided by the President's variety of proposed bills and employment plans.
Nearly a third (32%) of all poll-takers felt that a combination of proposals, as opposed to single programs, would have the largest effect on job growth. These proposals ranged from tax credits for small businesses that increase their workforce and/or wages (24%), elimination of capital gains taxes for small businesses (10%), tax incentive for all businesses to invest in equipment and new plants (10%) to giving $30 billion of paid back TARP funds to small banks in order to credit businesses and keep them afloat (5%) and doubling of child care tax credit (2%).
"You can see from these statistics how concerned jobseekers are about what the President is doing to help with job creation," says Brian Alden, CEO of Job.com. "People are naturally frustrated with the situation, and need strong leadership to create more opportunities. At Job.com, we provide jobseekers the tools they need to begin their job searches with the best possible advantages."
Other questions regarded which of the President's proposed bills would succeed in legislation first (the Jobs Bill had the majority at 64%) and which industry will see the biggest job growth as a result of new legislation (Infrastructure, at 42%).
"These polls are very important to us, as a company," adds Alden. "We strive to be as connected to jobseekers and to the public as possible, so that we can give them the best help and assistance during their job search. We offer unique career advice and job search resources for our 9 million individual monthly viewers, and we are confident that our members are given superior support in their searches."
When asked whether they felt President Obama's speech was comprised of mainly fact or fiction, 44% "believe that President is taking strides to improve our economy and create more jobs," while 55% felt that "President Obama's speech was filled with more fiction than fact." Though the unemployment rate fell from 10.0% at the close of 2009 to 9.7% in January 2010, many jobseekers remain frustrated by the lack of opportunities available. Many believe in the President's good intentions, but feel that he has made promises he will be unable to keep, at least not within his expected time frame.
January 2010 job losses were down to 20,000, compared to 85,000 in December 2009. The latest documentation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics will be posted on March 5, 2010. Whatever path the President's plans will take, Job.com will continue to be supportive of its 20 million members by providing excellent resources not only for a jobseeker's current job search but for their long-term career goals. To weigh in with this poll, please follow the link to www.job.com/my.job/poll/.
Job.com, headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, is an online full service career portal offering thousands of targeted jobs across its network of over 70 industry and regionally focused career sites. Job.com specializes in helping employers and recruiters hire qualified employees, while providing job seekers with a variety of career and job search enhancing services, products and resources. With over 20 million registered members, Job.com's candidates represent every state in the U.S. and come from 70 different disciplines ranging from IT to Sales to Executive Management. Whether you are an employer looking for a new hire, or a candidate looking to be hired, Job.com is dedicated to providing a unique experience with unparalleled service.