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Many Still Know Someone Out of Work, Someone Who’s Given Up

Perhaps surprisingly, with unemployment rates at historic lows, more Americans say they know people who can’t find jobs, although the number is still well below findings during the Obama years. Democrats are the most pessimistic about the job market in the near future.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of American Adults say they know someone who is out of work and looking for a job. That’s up from a low of 41% last October, but this finding ran from the high 60s to the low 80s during Barack Obama’s presidency. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 7-8, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 7-8, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

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