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Americans Unhappy at Work

According to a report released on 1/5/10 by The Conference Board, Americans of all ages and income brackets continue to grow increasingly unhappy at work. The report, based on a survey of 5,000 U.S. households conducted for The Conference Board by TNS, finds only 45 percent of those surveyed say they are satisfied with their jobs, down from 61.1 percent in 1987, the first year in which the survey was conducted.

"While one in 10 Americans is now unemployed, their working compatriots of all ages and incomes continue to grow increasingly unhappy," says Lynn Franco, director of the Consumer Research Center of The Conference Board. "Through both economic boom and bust during the past two decades, our job satisfaction numbers have shown a consistent downward trend [that] could spell trouble for the overall engagement of U.S. employees and ultimately employee productivity."

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