Americans aren’t worried about losing their jobs

Americans feel very confident about the economy and their job prospects.

About 84% of Americans — excluding self-employed workers — say they are not worried about losing their job this year, according to a Marist/NPR poll published Monday that examined the characteristics of the American workforce.

Nine in ten Americans believe that their employer values their work, and the majority of workers say they got a raise last year.

The optimism reflects how healthy the U.S. job market is to start 2018. Unemployment is at its lowest level, 4.1%, in 18 years. The U.S. economy has added jobs for 87 consecutive months, the longest streak on record. It’s also grown, albeit slowly, since 2009. Consumer confidence remains very high, and by some indexes, near its highest point since 2000.

It’s also a great time to look for a job. There are nearly 6 million jobs openings in the United States, near an all-time high, according to Labor Department data. Employers increasingly say in surveys that they are forced to pay more as they struggle to find skilled talent or workers willing to do demanding work.

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