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Not happy with your job? Get in (the unemployment) line

By Joe Yovino
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“Just be happy you have a job.”

That’s a mantra I hear repeated often these days.

Apparently it’s not sinking in for most Americans.

There’s a report out this morning by the Conference Board research group showing Americans’ satisfaction with their jobs is at a record low.

The drop in workers’ happiness, the report showed, can be partly blamed on the worst recession since the 1930s, which made it difficult for some people to find challenging and suitable jobs. The survey found only 45 percent of U.S. workers are happy with their jobs, and I’m sure more than that weren’t exactly leaping out of bed yesterday morning after a pair of four-day work weeks.

But I have a feeling the latest report showing people are dissatisfied with their jobs is not sitting so well with out-of-work construction workers in Wisconsin. There are plenty of hard-working and qualified men and women looking for jobs in the wounded construction industry who would find plenty of job satisfaction in just earning a paycheck.

According to the Conference Board, workers are unhappy for a variety of reasons. Fewer workers consider their jobs to be interesting, incomes have not kept up with inflation, and the soaring cost of health insurance has eaten into workers’ take-home pay.

Considering unemployment rates rose in six of Wisconsin’s 12 metropolitan areas and in 59 of the state’s 72 counties in November, I would say it is time to “just be happy you have a job,” because I’m sure somebody else would be happy to do it for you.

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