graph linesNew data shows that, in October 2013, U.S. employees reported lower levels of confidence when it came to the economy and job market, with the Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index dipping 4.2 points to 51.5. This data, collected from October 8-10, reflects the attitudes and perceptions of employees during the government shutdown. The Randstad Employment Tracker, conducted online by Harris Interactive, included 1,032 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

“Given the government shutdown and the fight over the debt ceiling, it comes as no surprise that employee confidence is being affected,” said Jim Link, Chief HR Officer, North America, at Randstad. “However, what we did find interesting was the increase in personal confidence, specifically in workers’ outlook on the future of their employer and in their ability to find new jobs. This may be explained by the fact that, in spite of the furlough of 400,000 government employees, the vast majority of workers did not experience a direct impact from the shutdown. With the jobs report likely being distorted over the next few months, it may take some time to regain a sense of normalcy. Many economists have noted other indices such as confidence levels, retail hiring, data on the housing market and consumer spending, will likely carry even greater weight to gauge the full effect of recent governmental activity.”

As the second largest staffing and HR services firm in the world, Randstad has been tracking workforce trends and publishing the U.S. Employee Confidence Index since 2004.

Employee Confidence Index
Employee Macro Personal Transition Security
MONTH Confidence Confidence Confidence Index Index
Oct-13 51.5 34.8 68.3 37 71
Sep-13 55.7 44.7 66.7 36 76
Aug-13 58 47.3 68.7 32 72
Jul-13 56.3 44.3 68.3 36 72
Jun-13 56.8 46.5 67.1 36 72
May-13 54.8 42.6 67.1 37 69
Apr-13 57 46.8 67.2 35 69
Mar-13 53.9 40.1 67.8 33 73
Feb-13 53.5 42.9 64.1 37 72
Jan-13 52.1 38.3 65.8 33 72

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