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60 % US employees laid off last year found new jobs: Survey

world Updated: Aug 29, 2011 21:17 IST

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A significant number of employees in the US who were given pink slips last year have landed new jobs, mostly in the new fields, says a survey.

According to a survey by job portal CareerBuilder, 60 % of respondents who were laid off in the last year said they had found new jobs, with 88 % of them finding full-time positions.

The survey was conducted across the US by Harris Interactive, on behalf of CareerBuilder, between May and June among 809 employees, laid off from full-time jobs last year.

Of those workers who are still searching for new opportunities, 56 % said they were nervous about returning to work after an extended period of unemployment.

On why they felt anxious about re-entering the workforce, 50 % of the respondents said that it was the pressure to prove themselves. About 40 % pointed to the fear of the unknown situation, and 21 % cited new technologies with which they might not be familiar.

"We need to do a better job as a nation to help workers identify jobs that are in demand today and are projected to grow in the future.

"We have a growing skills gap and the need to get millions of Americans back to work. As the economy recovers, we need to focus on retraining and 're-skilling' workers to help them move to new fields with a greater number of opportunities," CareerBuilder President (North America) Brent Rasmussen said.

Interestingly, the survey said that more than half of the respondents (54 %) were working in entirely different fields than their previous jobs.

Also, the majority of those who found new jobs reported a similar or higher pay than their previous position.

The survey further said that 45 % reported taking a pay cut, an improvement from 47 % last year, while 27 % of employees surveyed found jobs with higher pay, up from 22 % last year.

The survey said that 36 % of the respondents relocated to a different city. Among those who had not found jobs yet, about one in four said they were considering starting their own businesses.