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Poll shows most Utahns optimistic about employment

Poll shows most Utahns optimistic about employment

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Either Utahns are naïve, or they really don't have anything to worry about. Ninety-six percent do not believe they will be laid off next year.

A Dan Jones & Associates poll for KSL and The Deseret News shows most Utahns believe they still will be in the same job six months from now.

Laurie Figero said, "I think I'll have my same job in six months. I'm in health care, and it's pretty stable."

One Bountiful man says he'll keep his financial job because people still need someone to handle their investments.

According to The Deseret News, the Department of Workforce Services predicts Utah could lose as many as 19,000 jobs in 2009.

The pollster questioned 406 Utah adults.

Business executives are less optimistic right now. The Zions Bank Utah quarterly economic forecast featured a score of 6.13. That's the lowest figure since the survey began two and a half years ago. On a scale of one to 10, one is very pessimistic and 10 is very optimistic.

Health insurance, inflation and cost of salaries and wages are their top concerns.


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