Publication Date: October 6, 2016
Most workers agree on at least one common threat to U.S. jobs.
Roughly half of U.S. adults believe there will be less job security over the next 20 or 30 yeas, and 44% believe employee benefits will not be as good over that time period, according to a survey in a major new report, “The State of American Jobs,” by the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based think tank, and released in association with the Markle Foundation, a charitable organization focused on technology, health care, and national security. In this year of the U.S. presidential election, Pew examined the source of those fears.
What it found: A majority of those Americans see outsourcing jobs and imports of foreign goods as the greatest harms to U.S. workers. Some 80% say outsourcing hurts American workers, and 77% say the same about more foreign-made products being sold here. Many also cite the increased use of contract and temporary workers (57%) and the decline of union membership (49%) as harmful factors. (The results are based on a national survey conducted between May 25 and June 29, 2016, among 5,006 adults, including 3,096 employed adults.)