A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans are more positive about local job availability than at any time since 2001, a huge contrast to what they said they felt during the economic meltdown. This finding was supposted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics March report that employers had added 215,000 jobs. Pew Research Center staffer Alec Tyson drills down into the report and breaks down the survey data by several aspects. Tyson writes,
"In a new Pew Research Center survey on issues and the state of the 2016 campaign, 44% say there are plenty of jobs available in their community, while slightly more (51%) say jobs are difficult to find. That’s much more optimistic than March 2010 ratings, when evaluations of job availability bottomed out, with 85% saying jobs in their community were difficult to find. Back then, just 10% said there were plenty of jobs available. As recently as last January, the share who said jobs were hard to find outweighed the share who said there were plenty available by a 57%-36% margin.
There are modest differences in views of the job market among voters with different presidential candidate preferences. Among Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters, 53% of Kasich supporters say plenty of jobs are available in their community, compared with 46% of Cruz supporters and 39% of Trump supporters. On the Democratic side, 44% of Clinton supporters and 42% of Sanders supporters say there are plenty of jobs available.
Across demographic groups, those with higher levels of education and household income express some of the most positive assessments of the job market. About six-in-ten (58%) of those with family incomes of $100,000 a year or more say there are plenty of jobs available. This compares with 48% of those earning $75,000-$99,999 and 43% of those earning $30,000-$74,999. Among those earning less than $30,000 a year, just 35% say there are plenty of jobs available."