Are Americans unhappy at work? According to a Conference Board report released yesterday, just 45 percent of people surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs. That number fell from more than 61 percent who said they were satisfied in 1987, the first year the survey was conducted.
Even more troubling, says Lynn Franco, Conference Board spokeswoman, is the satisfaction rate of young workers, less than 36 percent.
"Generally the longer you are in the workforce the more your satisfaction seems to deteriorate. So these new young entrants with such a low level of satisfaction, the outlook is not very promising there. It's something employers need to address very quickly."
The numbers may look grim, but as the Washington Post points out, these aren't the only statistics out there.
In Gallup polls taken every August from 1989 to 2009, 85 percent to 94 percent say they were either completely or somewhat satisfied with their jobs. In the General Social Survey taken by University of Chicago researchers between 1972 and 2008, people who said they were very or moderately happy consistently range from 85 to 87 percent.
So Planet Money people, we turn the question over to you for our own informal survey. Tell us how you feel after the jump.