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Americans are concerned about inflation, pessimistic about the economy in general, and angry about the way their leaders are handling it. But they still feel pretty good about the job market.

Fifty-two percent of Americans say now is a good time to get a job, compared with just 11 percent who say it’s a bad time, according to a survey conducted last month for The New York Times by the New York Times. New York Times. online research agency Momentive. (The rest say the situation is “mixed” or didn’t answer the question.) Fifty-six percent say the job market is more favorable to workers than employers, and a majority think these conditions will last for at least six months.

Most Americans also don’t worry that their jobs are on the line. Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they were concerned that they or a member of their household would be laid off in the coming months, a modest increase from 37 percent just before the pandemic.

“People still see the job market as a bright spot,” said Brianna Richardson, research scientist at Momentive.

The rosy job outlook is in stark contrast to US views on the economy. More than 90 percent of people in the survey said they were concerned about inflation, and a majority said they were in worse shape financially than they were a year earlier. Only 17 percent said general business conditions in the country were somewhat or very good.

Ms. Richardson said the results suggested that bad news about inflation overshadowed the good news about jobs in Americans’ perception of the economy. The same seems to apply to people’s own finances: While they see it as a worker-friendly labor market, most workers say they haven’t received a pay rise to keep pace with rising prices.

Americans have a vague idea of ​​how the White House and Federal Reserve have dealt with inflation, though the research was conducted before West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III signed a bill that Democrats say would help reduce inflation. But those polled don’t necessarily think Republicans would do better. Forty-four percent of respondents said they thought Democrats would do better with the economy, versus 47 percent who preferred Republicans on this issue. Those numbers had changed little since the question was last asked, in May 2019.

About the survey: The data in this article comes from an online survey of 5,881 adults conducted by the polling agency Momentive from July 18 to July 25. The company randomly selected respondents from the more than two million people who each take surveys on its platform. day. Responses were weighted to match the demographic profile of the United States population. The survey has a modeled estimate of error (similar to a margin of error in a standard telephone poll) of plus or minus two percentage points, so differences less than that amount are not statistically significant.

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