Research Shows Job & Lifestyle Pessimism After Great Recession

flagAlthough it’s a Tuesday and certainly feels like a Monday, we’ll take it! The countdown to the next weekend has begun and it definitely doesn’t feel like summer is over. At least that’s what we keep telling ourselves anyway. See where we’re going with this? Positivity.

We like to look at the bright side of things here at MediaJobsDaily which is why this new research study was a little hard to stomach. Yes, it’s reality but still a little too bleak for our taste.

Here’s why: The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University released their research basically showing most Americans conclude our economy has permanently changed for the worse after the recession.

Seven out of 10 people say the impact of the recession is here to stay; this is up from five out of 10 in 2009 when the recession apparently ended. One-quarter of respondents reveal there’s been a major decline in their quality of life thanks to the recession and 42 percent say they have earned less in salary and savings than when the recession began in the first place.

Yes, we’ve come a long way in the past five years as unemployment numbers continue to drop, but even still Americans aren’t so convinced our economy’s on the upswing. Per results, one out of three thinks our economy has been boosted during the past 12 months and one out of four thinks it will actually get better next year.

And generationally speaking, one in six Americans think job opportunities will get better for the next generation of workers. Five years ago, statistics showed four out of 10 people thought it would get better.