Blue-Collar Lives Seem to Be Advancing in the ‘Right Direction’

By Madison Summers – Re-Blogged From IJR

New study collected from 1,049 blue-collar workers shows they’re pretty optimistic about their lives and jobs.

In a new survey by The Harris Poll, commissioned by Express Employment Professionals, 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are heading “in the right direction.”


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Express CEO, Bill Stoller, made a statement on the results:

“There’s been a great deal of chatter about the future and frustrations of America’s blue collar workers. Our survey reveals that blue collar workers are upbeat, optimistic and proud of the work they do. While the news is often full of stories about economic anxieties, this survey shows workers who are exceptionally optimistic. While they certainly express concerns, it’s clear that the vast majority feel like things will work out for themselves and their families.”

A few of the industries included in the poll are construction, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, and warehousing.

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While 55 percent of blue-collared workers are saying they are better off now than they were five years ago, they also believe in a bright future.

Eighty-eight percent said they agree with the statement, “My children will have a better future than I will.”

The past year has proven to be good for the workers with more than two-thirds — 68 percent — reporting a pay increase and 45 percent receiving more responsibilities.

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“I think there is a tendency for those with college degrees to speculate about how blue collar workers are doing,” Stoller said. “But this survey shows that most blue collar workers feel good about themselves and their jobs. They’re proud of who they are and what they do. As we head into Labor Day weekend, this survey shows that America’s labor force is doing well-and that’s good to see.”


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