SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It's not too shocking that unemployed Americans are less than optimistic about the job market, but now, even those who are employed are becoming more concerned.
Consumer confidence was up in March, to the highest level since November. However, there's another aspect of the economy that Americans aren't so confident in, and that's the job market.
Employers added just 88,000 jobs last month, the lowest number nearly a year, and as for those who are already employed, nearly one in five workers fears being laid off within the next six months.
"My company says they've had the best quarter in recent years and the raises still suck. It doesn't really give people any confidence in the economy and what the industry is doing."
A new GlassDoor survey found only 39% of Americans could find a job that matched their experience and salary within six months time.
"I don't think things are getting better," said Robert Davis of Enfield. "They won't get better for years. When they graduate they're stuck waitressing or doing a job they didn't really want to work."
With an estimated 12 million Americans still out of work, many will take what they can get.
"Everybody is going to get benefits for insurance and things, which now is more important than what you make hourly," said Tom Stone of Enfield.
The unemployment rate fell in March, but experts say that's because many people took part-time jobs, or simply gave up looking for work.