Industry News | July 18, 2008

Florida Employee Confidence Rises

The Florida Employee Confidence Index increased 1.3 points to 46.5 in June, according to the latest Spherion Employment Report. The monthly survey of Florida workers, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Spherion Corporation, reveals that more workers are confident in the economy and future of their current employers.

Results from the Florida Employment Report:

-- Eleven percent of workers believe the economy is getting stronger, an increase of four percentage points from the previous month.

-- Eighty-two percent of workers feel it is unlikely they will lose their job in the next 12 months, a rise of 14 percentage points from May.

-- The percentage of workers confident in the future of their current employer increased six percentage points to 69 percent in June.

"It's a pleasant surprise to see the Index continuing to inch up considering all of the economic strain being felt across the country," says Paula Franco, branch manager for Spherion Staffing Services in Florida. "It seems that Florida workers are holding steady at the moment and feel secure in their current position and employers, which doesn't come as much of a surprise. Employers are having to 'up the ante' in order to entice these passive workers to jump the fence into new employment. In fact, this hesitancy is being seen on both the candidate and client side, with the hiring process taking longer. Despite this trend, we are seeing steady hiring activity, especially in the customer service, accounting and finance, technology and retail industries."

Spherion Corporation is a recruiting and staffing company that provides integrated solutions to meet the evolving needs of companies and job candidates.

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