Only 29 percent of Americans surveyed think more jobs will be available in their communities a year from now, and 26 percent think the number of jobs will decline. Only 44 percent think the same number of jobs will be around next year, according to a recent CNN/ORC poll.
Most of the people questioned (70 percent) said they believe there are now few jobs available in their communities, 24 percent said there are a normal number of jobs, and only 4 percent said many are available.
The survey shows that Americans are slightly more pessimistic than during the recession in 1991 and just as grim as in the 1982 recession, CNNMoney reports.
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The unemployment rate of 9.1 percent changed little last month and has shown little movement since April, according to the Labor Department.
There were 13.9 million unemployed plus 1.1 million discouraged workers, people who are not currently looking for work because they believe they cannot find a job.
Unemployment, in addition to government fiscal austerity, will hurt economic growth for the next couple ears, say economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Economists now predict the US economy will grow at an average annual rate of 2.3 percent in the second half of the year. That's about a percentage point less than what they predicted last month, according to Bloomberg.
Economists forecast that gross domestic product will also grow less than they previously expected: 2.4 percent in 2012 and 2.8 percent in 2013.
Unemployment will remain over 8 percent through 2013, they predict.
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