Uncertainty in the economy and the stock market, stoked by the government shutdown, legislation, and trade concerns, seems to be spilling into the job search, according to a survey released Tuesday by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. While over half of job seekers reported they were employed, up from 37 percent in 2016, fewer job seekers believe President Trump’s policies will help them find new positions.
Fifteen percent of job seekers said the current administration will help their chances of finding a job. That’s down from 17 percent who reported they were confident Trump’s policies would help them find work in 2017 and 29 percent who believed this nearly one year after he took office in 2016.
The survey was conducted by phone on December 26 and 27 among nearly 500 job seekers nationwide during the firm’s annual Challenger Career Help Hotline.