Illinois Employment Report: Employee Confidence Rebounds; More Workers Confident in Ability to Find a New Job

CHICAGO, May 15 // PRNewswire // -- The Illinois Employee Confidence Index bounced back after reaching an unprecedented low in March, increasing 6.1 points to 44.5 in April, according to the latest Spherion® Employment Report. The monthly survey of Illinois workers, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation, indicates that more workers are confident about finding a new job and more are feeling secure about the future of their current employer.

Results from the Illinois Employment Report:

  • Fifty-five percent of workers are confident in their ability to find a
    new job, an increase of 11 percentage points from March.

  • Sixty-one percent of workers report that they are confident about the
    future of their current employer, compared to 53 percent in the previous month.

  • More workers believe that they have job security, with 71 percent
    stating that they are unlikely to lose their jobs, an eight
    percentage-point increase from March.

"We have certainly experienced a rebound in worker confidence. Illinois continues to lead all Midwestern states in job growth since January 2004 and the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level seen this year," explained Jodie Wood, regional director of Spherion Staffing Services in Illinois. "Contrary to these reports, we are seeing that more than half of workers are not planning on searching for a new job. Regardless, employers should still have an eye on retention, while staying on top of recruitment strategies for those who are in the market for a job change."

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About Spherion

Spherion Corporation is a leading recruiting and staffing company that provides integrated solutions to meet the evolving needs of companies and job candidates. As an industry pioneer for more than 60 years, Spherion has sourced, screened and placed millions of individuals in temporary, temp-to- hire and full-time jobs.

With approximately 700 locations in the United States and Canada, Spherion delivers innovative workforce solutions that improve business performance. Spherion provides its services to more than 8,000 customers, from Fortune 500 companies to a wide range of small and mid-size organizations. Employing more than 300,000 people annually through its network, Spherion is one of North America's largest employers. Spherion operates under the following brands: Spherion Staffing Services Group for administrative, clerical and light industrial workers; Technisource for technology professionals and solutions; The Mergis Group for accounting and finance and other professional positions; Todays Staffing for specialty administrative personnel; and Spherion Recruitment Process Outsourcing. To learn more, visit

SOURCE: Spherion Corporation


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