Government Employees Less Optimistic About Economy Than Private Sector Workers

Fifty percent (50%) of government employees rate the economy as good or excellent while 15% rate it as poor. While that’s certainly a positive assessment, private sector workers are even more upbeat. Data from the Job Creators Network/ economic research partnership shows that 59% of those in the private sector say the economy is in good or excellent shape.

Government and private sector workers also hold somewhat different attitudes about economic trends. Thirty-three percent (33%) of government workers believe the economy is getting better as opposed to 23% who believe it’s getting worse. By way of comparison, 43% of private sector workers say the economy is getting better and just 19% say it’s getting worse.

And that split continues even when discussing their own finances. 60% of private sector workers rate their finances as good or excellent compared to just 44% of government workers who feel the same.

Forty-three percent (43%) of private sector workers say their finances are getting better while 13% say worse. Government employees are more evenly divided—27% say their situation is improving while 23% say it is getting worse.

This monthly data is released by a new partnership between and the Job Creators Network Foundation (JCNF). That foundation is an educational resource for small businesses and employees. Five standard questions are repeated every week to measure trends in the economic perceptions of everyday Americans.

Data release earlier showed that 79% of those who are currently unemployed expect to find a job in the near future.  Additionally, only 27% of part-time workers are searching for a full-time job.

The Monitor is compiled based upon surveys of 1,000 adults conducted each week by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The aggregated data included 1,829 private sector workers and 296 government employees. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.3 percentage points for private sector workers and 5.8% for government employees.

The latest weekly data shows that 57% of American adults rate the economy as good or excellent.

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