Workers less worried about losing jobs, still unhappy with pay

Fewer Americans are worried about being laid off or fired than a year ago, but low wages remain a top concern for workers, especially for women.

Only 4 percent of workers responding to a Harris Interactive poll listed getting axed as their main workplace fear, down from 9 percent a year ago, according to Fortune.

“We are not seeing the same level of job loss,” explained National Employment Law Project economist Christine Owen.

Pay is still a big issue, though. Among respondents to the survey, done for Everest College, 14 percent of women cited low wages as their biggest woe, compared to 8 percent of men. The study found that 11 percent of women listed working in a job outside their chosen career as a major source of stress, compared to 5 percent of men.

“Women may be working for the good of the household, and taking any job because that’s what they have to do,” said John Swartz, a spokesman for Everest College.

16 comments Add your comment

Unhappy

September 18th, 2012
8:12 am

I haven’t seen an increase in a little over 5 years now and since health insurance continues to go up 2-3% per year my pay is constantly being reduced. It’s pitiful.

Barry Obama

September 18th, 2012
9:11 am

Unhappy,

Give me another four years and everyone else that works won’t be getting raises either.

Its called shared sacrifice.

Destin Dawg

September 18th, 2012
9:52 am

kids take on huge student loan debt getting a liberal arts college degree then can’t get a job.. jobs are all over the place in the trades.. electricians, plumbers, welders, nurses, etc.. auto mechanics are now called technicians, earning $75 K and up… High Schools need to do a better job teaching kids real life skills and counsel them to work their way through a Vo Tech / apprenticeship to get a real job with NO LOANS to pay back !!

MSNBC

September 18th, 2012
10:48 am

With Obamacare your health insurance premiums will actually come down !

Prepare for new-found wealth courtesy of the American taxpayer !

Try Again

September 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

“kids take on huge student loan debt getting a liberal arts college degree then can’t get a job.”

According to Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce, less than 10 percent of college students major in liberal arts and the humanities. Business management, accounting, and nursing are the most popular majors.

“auto mechanics are now called technicians, earning $75 K and up.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median pay for automotive service technicians and mechanics in 2010 was $35,790.

Out of curiosity, what’s your reason for perpetuating these myths?

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Destin Dawg

September 19th, 2012
2:14 pm

Try Again… lots of unemployed college grads with HUGE student loan debt can’t get a job near ” $35,970. “.. service techs that incudes marine and truck industry as well as auto.. make closer to $75 K.. these kids getting degrees in business and nursing should be counseled to live at home, go to Jr. college and work their way through.. Student loan debt is the next bubble our economy faces !!

CNBC

September 19th, 2012
2:19 pm

Obama’s tax policies, regulations, healthcare, and pro Labor Union positions are killing businesses that want and need to create real jobs

Try Againg

September 19th, 2012
3:05 pm

“lots of unemployed college grads with HUGE student loan debt can’t get a job near $35,970.”

This may be true, but most of them aren’t liberal arts grads like you implied. And $35,970 is not the starting but median salary for auto mechanics.

“service techs that incudes marine and truck industry…make closer to $75 K.”

Actually, it’s $37,170 (in 2011) for the former and $40,850 (in 2010) for the latter:
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493051.htm
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/diesel-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm

Destin Dawg

September 19th, 2012
4:36 pm

Try Again… what kind of jobs do liberal arts majors get ??? teaching or law school maybe ?? how do they pay back student loans ??? we sure don’t need any more lawyers !!

Old Hippy Tea Partier

September 19th, 2012
4:39 pm

Obama Care is a tax increase and will result in more IRS. agents and lawyers and less Doctors. we desparately need nurses !!

Try Again

September 19th, 2012
5:24 pm

“Try Again… what kind of jobs do liberal arts majors get ??? teaching or law school maybe ?? how do they pay back student loans ??? we sure don’t need any more lawyers !!”

I’m not arguing that liberal arts majors are anymore employable than other majors, just that, contrary to popular belief, very few students major in liberals arts. Statistically speaking, most unemployed college grads have so-called “practical” degrees in business, accounting, nursing, etc.

In the end, where you go to school matters much more than what you study: A mediocre Ivy League or top NESCAC history major has a much better chance of landing a job at a BB i-bank or Big Three consultancy than a Phi Beta Kappa finance major from an SEC school.

Destin Dawg

September 19th, 2012
7:04 pm

Try Again.. you Sir are way misinformed.. a degree just gets you in the door.. IVY league grads are not any better off.. there are NO unemployed nurses.. most are working over time.. my daughter is !!

Destin Dawg

September 19th, 2012
7:10 pm

anybody with a ” practical ” degree in math, statistics, accounting,engineering, is making $ 75 K plus NOT unemployed

Try Again

September 19th, 2012
9:11 pm

“Try Again.. you Sir are way misinformed.. a degree just gets you in the door.. IVY league grads are not any better off.”

“Ivy Leaguers’ Big Edge: Starting Pay”: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121746658635199271.html

“anybody with a ‘practical’ degree in math, statistics, accounting,engineering, is making $ 75 K plus NOT unemployed.”

According to PayScale, actual median starting salaries are:

Math: $47,000
Statistics: $49,000
Accounting: $44,700
Engineering: $53,100 to $64,500 (petroleum engineering is an outlier at $97,900)

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