Poll: NJ residents worry about job security

April 13, 2009 4:44:47 AM PDT
Job security has become a bigger concern for more New Jersey residents in recent months, according to a new poll released Monday. The survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's Silberman College of Business found 36 percent of respondents were "not at all worried" about losing their jobs, down from 43 percent who felt that way in a January poll.

Meanwhile, 14 percent were very worried they could lose their jobs in the next 12 months, a 4 percent boost from the previous survey. And nearly half of those now working said they could live for less than six months on savings if they lost their job tomorrow.

The raised concerns come as more layoffs occur: 61 percent said they have a relative or close friend who has been laid off, compared to 54-percent who said so in January.

The telephone survey of 838 randomly selected adults who said they participate in their household's financial decisions was conducted from March 30-April 6. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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