Whipsawed, Precarious, and Pessimistic: Americans’ Changing Views About the Economy and Labor Market During a Decade of Fundamental Change

May 3, 2023

Analysis about Americans' attitudes about the economy and labor market.

Despite significant improvements in the labor market since the Great Recession and the depths of the pandemic, and with historically low levels of unemployment, Americans’ attitudes about the economy have soured, according to Work Trends surveys conducted over more than a decade by the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. The brief examines Americans' opinions about an array of economic indicators and opinions of the labor market. The brief also explores Americans' opinions by income and age.