AP-NORC Center survey shows high pessimism among low-wage workers despite job gains

WASHINGTON – America’s lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep 2007-2009 recession — but few are bragging.

A survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that those earning $35,000 or less annually are generally pessimistic about their finances and career prospects. Many see themselves as worse off now than during the recession.

The survey reveals that many people at the lowest rung in the workplace view their jobs as a dead end. Half say they are “not too” or “not at all” confident that their current jobs will help them achieve long-term career goals.

Only 41 per cent of workers at the same place for more than a decade report ever receiving a promotion.