CANTON, OH (WOIO) - On September 2, Job-Applications.com, which is based in Canton, Ohio, announced the results of a national economic survey that revealed a sense of economic uncertainty and strong support for raising the federal minimum wage.
Although the jobless rate has improved by 2 percent since 2013, many Ohioans still find it difficult to land good-paying jobs.
In July 2013, the jobless rate for Ohio was 7.5 percent. This past July, that had fallen to 5.7 percent, according to state labor data.
The Job-Applications.com study covered issues such as opinions on raising the minimum wage, expected time it would take to find a job, thoughts on whether the recession has ended, and views of the state of the economy for the next year. Nearly 1,500 people participated in the national survey, which began in mid-July and ended in August.
Results of the survey indicate that 79 percent, the majority of respondents, searched for a long-term position but weren't confident that the economy could deliver the opportunities they needed. Seventy percent of those surveyed said they felt that the economy had not recovered or were unsure if it had.
As one of the leading job application resources available in the United States, Job-Applications.com, is well positioned to obtain insights from job seekers about how they view the state of the economy.
Job-Applications.com conducted the survey, its first in a series, to help identify economic undercurrents in the economy.
The survey revealed that a little less than half of survey takers were unsure of the state of the national economy this coming year or expressed optimism. Twelve percent remain pessimistic.
Most agree that the federal government should raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, as some in Congress have proposed.
The survey also reveals that 74 percent still felt they would be able to land a job in less than a month.
"The U.S. economy is no longer in a tailspin in the wake of the most significant recession to hit our country in generations, but a large portion of the work force remains uncertain that the economy will generate the opportunities they are looking for," says Doug Crawford, president of Job-Applications.com.