September 17th, 2009
05:41 PM ET

Are you as happy with your job as you were a year ago?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Nearly seven million jobs have been lost since this recession started - but it turns out those Americans out of work aren't the only ones hurting. CNNMoney.com reports that many people still lucky enough to have jobs are unhappy and unmotivated.

For one thing - raises, bonuses and other incentive programs have all but disappeared in a lot of places. There have been cutbacks in things like health insurance and retirement plans. And in many places, fewer employees are left doing more work. In many cases, for less money.

One recent survey shows 40-percent of employees at companies with layoffs say productivity has taken a hit. Of those, two-thirds say morale is hurting and people just aren't as motivated anymore.

Some employers say there's more "slacking off" lately, with employees spending more time surfing the internet or talking on their cell phones than they did when the economy was stronger.

Worker morale is a big part of running a successful business. If a company gets a reputation for being a bad place to work, they then have problems attracting employees once the economy turns around. As a result, they may not be ready to meet increased demand when things improve.

One expert says that employee morale is the "leading predictor of future growth and profitability." She predicts that at some point employers will have to start giving more incentives to their workers.

Here’s my question to you: Are you as happy with your job as you were a year ago?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kriss writes:
After working way too many years at jobs that lit up only a few little places in my soul/psyche, I hit on a dream job. Yes, it's less money, but boy does it meet my other needs 100%. I work at a golf course full time, year round, play for free on all 6 courses we manage, eat for half price, get merchandise at a 40% discount, and go to work every day to a beautiful, peaceful place and happy people.’

Randy writes:
No, not particularly happy, but what choice does anyone have? Employers everywhere are giving their workers the shaft with longer hours and less compensation because they know in this market they can get away with it - if you aren't willing to be treated like disposable chattel, there are thousands out there who would love the chance.

Kelly from Atlanta writes:
Happier, Jack. As of one year ago, I was unemployed. In fact, I have to admit I have been so grateful for the opportunity to have a job again that I go above and beyond for my new employer. I spent an entire year feeling absolutely worthless and depressed, sending out literally a thousand resumes or more. Working fills me with pride and an absolute sense of purpose. For those still struggling, keep the faith!

Derick from New York writes:
I'm very happy to still have a job, Jack. These are dark days for sure, but I have confidence things will get better. In the meantime, I try to remember that adversity is an opportunity. I know it sounds cliche, but every day that things are a little slower is a day I have a chance to present ideas to management and prove that I'm committed and capable of thinking about the big picture.

Susan from Arlington, Virginia writes:
Jack, No, I'm not. Not many are. Compared to last year, I'm making $50K less. My job function has changed to one that I don't particularly like or enjoy. But I remain grateful every day that I have a job at all, and I keep in my thoughts those who do not and hope that it will be better for all of us in the very near future.

Jay writes:
Hello no! Cafferty, can I have yours? I can ask questions all day long, and really, that's all it takes.

Filed under: Happiness
soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    I got a raise, so I'm happier.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  2. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Oh yes. I'm retired.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  3. Jenna

    Are you as happy with your job as you were a year ago?

    What job? I've been unemployed for 3 years now..

    But at least under president Obama I do have HOPE that I will get one now.. Maybe not this year, but early next.


    September 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  4. Jeri

    Happy with my job? I'm thankful I have a job although I make less than I did last year. I am able to make ends meet and that's happy enough for now.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  5. Paul Austin, Texas

    No I am without one now and it is hard to find one even in Texas where pay is low.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  6. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    Yes, but I wish we had had a raise. My property taxes, healthcare, and gasoline alone went up $1,000; $500, and $800 respectively. It is a good thing I paid the car off one year ago.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  7. Joanne B

    I have had to make adjustments in my business to make money.....one needs to be flexible to continue to make a living in this type of environment.
    Americans have become lazy and want someone else to take care of them – that has to stop ! That is exactly one of the issues with Rome prior to their fall.
    Joanne B

    September 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  8. Joe CE

    Yes, I am retiring soon – good time to get out with things going downhill.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  9. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    ~~~"NO""............and 20% of us say "WHAT JOB" ???

    September 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  10. David in Natchez

    I wasn't happy then and I am not happy now. I want a job like yours.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  11. Roy

    I'm changing careers and going to work at the insane asylum. It should be a pretty cushy job since it appears from those Town Hall meetings that they let all the inmates out.


    September 17, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  12. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    Is this one of your 'trick questions'? A year ago ( and all of the previous41 years) I I had a job. This year I don't, thanks largely to mismanagement by our government. Where do I apply for a personal bailout?

    September 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  13. Kelly in Atlanta

    Happier, Jack. As of one year ago, I was unemployed. In fact I have to admit I have been so grateful for the opportunity to have a job again that I go above and beyond for my new employer. I spent an entire year feeling absolutely worthless and depressed, sending out literally a thousand resumes or more. Working fills me with pride and an absolute sense of purpose. For those still struggling, keep the faith!

    September 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  14. Pete, Fla.

    What job?

    September 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  15. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, I didn't have a job a year ago either.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  16. Alex in Seattle

    Job? What job?

    Jobless in Seattle

    September 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  17. Jeff Crocket in New Britain, CT

    What job??? I am a 62 year old disabled veteran who has been turned down for more than 20 jobs applied for in the past two years, because of age discrimination alone!! 6 of those jobs were with the VA, and I was more than qualified for all of them!!!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  18. Melissa

    No. But considering how many people don't even have a job right now, I'm happy to have one.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  19. Nurse Lisa in Shelton

    yes, having recently passed a ten year milestone I feel blessed to still have the job I love. It remains rewarding work that fascinates and educates me, and allows me to help teach others. However with the multitude of co-worker losses, the workload has increased and efforts to raise morale are slim to none.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  20. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Jack, why do the American people feel the need to be happy all the time at work? Anyone with a job right now should feel blessed. Every job has aspects that are unpleasant and there are tiems of disatisfaction, but that's why it is called "work" and not a "hobby"

    September 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  21. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Shoot, Jack, I'm retired and I am hoping to stay that way if the President can keep us headed in the right direction. I would be interested in some part time work like, say, being the public hangman for all those Wall Street boys and politicians who got us into this mess.

    Arlington, Texas

    September 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  22. Pam holt

    Pam holt foley,al. I am still cleaning the same as last year, I was fortunate not to have been affected by the recession. I have hurt for the people who have been affected by the recession. There have probably been alot of families split up because of this. I am very angry about what has happened to hard working Americans, while the politicians lives havn"t changed and they continue on, the same as before, probably benefitting even more , off of the suffering of the American citizens...

    September 17, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  23. ken jefferson city mo

    Jack, I am very happy with my job and I sell cars for a living now but it
    would be better if CHANGE could get out and stay out of my field.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  24. Peg from NY

    Yes I am! I am still an unemployed housewife and I enjoy keeping and staying on a budget, remaining frugal and assisting my spouse in every way to keep life healthy and fun during tough times!

    September 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  25. John from Alabama

    Jack: You'd better bet on it. I am so happy with this job I am overfilled with joy. I laugh at all those poor people who have jobs they hate. I would tell them there are millions of Americans who would like their job. I work for Mr. Retired. He is a good boss, but the pay is not has good as it use to be, but then the stress in non-existent. Have a great day, Jack , because I am have a pretty good one.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  26. Heath in Misoula, Montana

    I love my job more now than a year ago. It is currently part of my job to put some of the stimulus funding into action. It's great because I have the unique opportunity to show my local community the direct benefits of the Americans' tax dollars at work to give opportunity to workers and businesses in my county.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  27. Dennis north Carolina

    no job

    September 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  28. James in North Carolina

    Yes, as the economy has started to improve my job has gotten better.

    September 17, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  29. John ..... marlton, nj

    Got rid of the two slacker admin assistants that spent all those two hour lunches handing out 'change we can believe in' stickers and hired Crystal and Daisy. This fall I hope to spend time teaching them how to use office machines.... We have also changed the dress code, welcoming back classical business attire and no longer requiring 'Hillary-wear'.

    September 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  30. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,
    a short answer would be Yes!

    On a more philosophical side.....

    It is very challenging and it is worth every second with the sentiment that facing challenges always comes with having a deep sense of responsibility towards other people as well as having a strong desire to see the best that exist in people because I do beleive you always try to offer your best to others; offer the good that already exist in youself and in your own life! I have a good life, a good home, a good family and a good common sense that if you do not have a life where you do not feel good about your life and life itself; anything else you try will not replace that empty space that takes place in people's heart if they do not feel good about their life and life itself! And yes, sometimes all the bads has to come out to see what is left inside...which is finally all the real good that exist inside of people is now then ready to come out and be part of life! Told you it was more philosophical!:>) Take care of your inside!

    September 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  31. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    No! Big Brother (Orwell 1984) has seemed to take over and everyone is on edge!

    September 17, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  32. Lucy

    No, I'm not, because a year ago, I could check "Student" under occupation, now I have to check "Unemployed."
    SF, CA

    September 17, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  33. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: I wasn't exactly happy a year ago, but I'm also glad to be among the employed. I'm happy to know that President Obama has put into place several safety nets so that in the event my job went away, I could still afford COBRA plus unemployment would last longer than it did a year ago. The tea-baggers would like to do away with these "social programs" unti it hit their own homes. So Jack, I count my blessings, look for opportunitiy to change my life for the better, and just keep dancing through life!

    September 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  34. David in San Diego

    I have been retired for 5 years. I am as happy to be retired now as I was a year ago.

    September 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  35. Doris/St Louis

    Being unemployed more than two yrs., I would have to say NO!

    September 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  36. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Yes I am, I get up in the morning have breakfast, feed the cats, watch CNN news for awhile, check the weather and then off to the golf course, upon returning home I see what the little lady wants for dinner, then its off to the fish market for fresh snapper or mahi for dinner which I marinate and then grill. I repeat this about three or four times a week, the rest of the time we eat out. Frankly Jack not a whole lot has changed. Damn golf games hasn't gotten any better and I get just as frustrated. Has to be my old age.

    September 17, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  37. Jim


    Yes, I am. My job gives me a lot of outdoor time, a chance to tackle projects that I really enjoy, and a chance to interact with lots of folks that I love and respect.

    Oh, did I mention that I'm retired?

    Reno, Nevada

    September 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  38. Bob

    I'm still retired from it and love it. The other morning I slept right through my afternoon nap.

    Louisville, Ky

    September 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  39. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    Very much so, since I didn't have it a year ago and I'm now quite acclimated to it.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  40. george

    Yes, I'm sitting right here in Florida on my keester soaking up the rays of sunshine basking in the sun, I even enjoy the rain here, we call it liquid sunshine. Living (surviving) on that rocking chair money from Social Security that hardy keeps me fed, and with the price of gasoline being what it is, hardly go anywhere except to see the doctor once a month, but guess the main thing is I am still kicking up my heels in the morning, and still breathing, guess that is good enough, and wouldn't want to change it. So guess I am more than happy with my job of just trying to stay alive...

    September 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  41. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I'm absolutely ECSTATIC about my job, Jack. I have been retired for 5 YEARS!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  42. Tina Tx

    Same job same crappy pay. No

    September 17, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  43. Dee in Palm Coast

    What job?

    My husband has not worked in almost 18 months. As of the end of this month we will be dead broke and homeless.

    Do you guys want to run a story about what it is like becoming homeless? If so, let me know and I will let you know about it first hand!

    September 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  44. Cameron in SF, CA

    I love my job! I love my boss! My co-workers are the best! But what I love the most is that I have one and I can put food on the table, clothes on my kids back and keep the lights on and I'm extremely grateful for that! My husband has been out of work for over a year and looks everyday for one!! It's really bad out there right now - recession over? On Mars maybe.....

    September 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  45. andyzag Lynn, MA

    Hard to answer, I had a job a year ago.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  46. JWC in Atlanta

    Yes...I'd be happy if I had a job. Are you offering?

    September 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  47. CJ in Roanoke, VA

    I work the the US Postal Service and I hate every single day of it Jack. They are offering incentives of $15K to resign and I'm doing just that. I'd rather be unemployed than do a job I hate.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  48. alec

    I do feel very fortunate and lucky to have job. I am very unhappy with my employer than I was a year ago, mainly due to the fact that AT&T reported record profits last year, but some how during union negotiations said our wages and benefits need to be cut due to economy. These days big corporations run the show and employees are less motivated. why care when your employer doesn't care about you ?

    September 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  49. JaneE

    Jack, I have been retired since 2003. I am more happy to be retired now than I ever have been. I haven't said "Boy am I glad to be retired!" this much since the first week of 2003.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  50. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    A year ago I was sweating it , but now I couldn’t be happier, even though I screwed up big time, I am still getting a huge salary and enormous bonuses. Did I mention that I’m an executive at AIG?
    I wish. If I had a job, I can’t imagine not being happy about it these days.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  51. Bev

    Jack which version do you want? The one where I am typing from work or the one where I am typing from home? Trust me they are polar opposites. Let me just say, I like the clientele I work with.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  52. Greg, Ontario

    Anyone that still has a job, after what the world went through last year, should be very happy.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  53. Schyular Phillips

    No I'm not,because I don't have a job.Because of a law in Iowa called the right to work act.where your employer can let you go without even giving you a reason.Other than you don't work here no more.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  54. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack I am just as happy today as I was when the economy tanked. If you look around you will find the majority of people are happy too. I still see just as many people on cell phones and just as many people connected to the Internet and just as many people hooked up to cable or satellite TV. As long as people are still doing all of these things then there are no great worries. When they stop doing these things then you better get really concerned.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  55. Pat Stiles

    I'd love to comment here, but fear for my husband's job. Since his partner retired 15 months ago, he has been doing the job of both (with no pay increase, naturally). The corporation has not replaced the worker nor downscaled the responsibility.. As long as my husband does not complain, his job should be safe.


    September 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  56. Kim - Blair, NE

    Things here have been going downhill for about the last 7-8 years so we ought to be getting used to the trajectory by now. However, the huge insurance cost increase again this year has really made in awfully hard to come to work. Our hours have also been cut back this year too. I have been at this job 23 1/2 years & my paycheck is about $50 less than it was when I started working here.

    We still are very thankful that we do have jobs, though and feel hopeful that things will improve. Ask me the same question next year at this time & I may seem a little more upbeat.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  57. SLM

    What job? Thanks to Obamas policies it will be along time before jobs come back, but thanks to Obama for all extended unemployment benefits.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  58. Rob in NC

    I am happy with my job, however, I am a teacher and most teachers love their jobs or they don't stay. I am discouraged by the loss of our raise (steps for time served and an actual raise – as small as they usually are at least it was something) but I get to meet new and interesting people every day. I love what I do and i was never in it for the money anyway.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  59. kj

    Wish I had one jack.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  60. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale Florida


    I would think the executives at Golman Sachs should be happy spliting up 11 billion in executive bonuses. (*&*%*%*%

    September 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  61. Ron from SF

    No, I'm one of many who are working harder and longer, for less pay. I'm not blaming my employer, but the Republicans who set up the ponzi scheme that collapsed a year ago and created this cluster frack. De-Regulation, my fanny! I'll never, ever, support a Republican for so much as Dog Catcher, ever again! Thanks GWB, thanks GOP. Now go and cease to exist!

    September 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  62. Birddog in Mississippi

    Happier, Jack. I teach at a University. Before the economy unraveled, my students thought that muddling through college, attending one out of every two classes, and doing average work on the easiest of assignments was enough. They thought they would leave college and land a terrific job right out of the starting gate. They really thought employers would be fighting over them - coming up to them and offering them jobs. Now they are motivated, they fight to achieve a much higher quality of work. Attitudes have changed as well. More of them used to look down on the less well off students - almost as if it were their own fault that they didn't have as much. Now that they can't buy a new cell phone every month or so, they understand better what it is like for those with less.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  63. Mark

    I teach in an inner city middle school with 700 kids who are proud of their "ghetto" label. What do you think, Jack?

    Oklahoma City

    September 17, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  64. honestjohn in Vermont

    No. Business has been slow and I am making less money. Worse is that there are so very few jobs.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  65. April Campbell

    I wish I still Had the job I had a year ago.I was layed off.

    September 17, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  66. Jackie in Dallas

    Well, let’s see…last year at this time, I had just started my dream job with a small company with great prospects for growth. I was finally covered (well, sort of) by a healthcare plan for the first time in nearly 8 years. True, it didn’t cover some of my pre-existing conditions, and I didn’t have a choice as to where I went for care, but it was something.

    Then the company I WAS working for laid off nearly a third of the people working for them and is facing even more layoffs. Currently I’m on a temporary contract with no benefits at all, and they low balled me on my rate because they knew they could. I’m behind on my mortgage after several months of unemployment, my clunker didn’t qualify for the Cash for Clunkers program because it was rated at 1 mpg higher than the minimum, and I face having to find another contract soon. What’s to be happy ABOUT? That you can ask this type of inane question, and then CNN refuses to even post my answers?

    September 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  67. Jay in Texas

    Yes, Jack, I am as happy now with my job as I was last year because I work for myself. If I find myself unhappy, I'll just do something else.
    Brownwood, Texas

    September 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  68. Dan, Chantilly VA

    I'm much happier with my job right now than I was one year ago. Back then I was trying to find a way out of my job. Today, I'm overjoyed that I even have a job. Job security isn't easy to come by at the moment, and I have it, so I can't complain.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  69. Bruce - Delaware

    No. We try to make sure our cuts in pay are reflected in our work.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  70. Delia

    YES, it's lovely!!!! I get up every day after a sleepness night of worrying how to pay bills. Then I grab watered-down coffee (to save a few pennies) and go on-line to look for a job. After hours of waiting for the phone to ring, or for an email to come in saying they're interested in my resume, I grab a nice bag of inexpensive ramen noodles for lunch. After a few more searches on the internet for jobs, I get to watch you, Jack! Now, what could be better than that?!!!!

    Katy, TX

    September 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  71. Christine


    I WISH I had a job! Being on SSA Disability is worse than waiting in line at a food bank. I got a 'raise' in January – yup – $48.oo per month! Guess what? My rent went up $48/month! So, do they 'count me' as being one who received stimulus money? Yup! But, did I get to use it myself? Nope!
    Just like when they say "less people are on unemployment!" DUH! They have already stopped counting people who are no longer receiving unemployment just to paint a 'rosier picture'! So much BULL in Washington, in our government and Obama is now a "player"!
    I think Michael Moore should run for President and you can be his VP!
    Swear, I mean it!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  72. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Why do we always equate morale with money and incentives?

    Human consciousness goes well beyond monetary rewards for most.

    For most the ancient patriarchal systems of our corporations devoid most people of having that part of their lives have meaning as they are manipulated by fear and shame. I believe with the witnessing of what has transpired the last year within corporations people are awakening to this.

    The greatest enemy of hope is that which denies the imagination. And while most workers are denied their creativity and imagination and are considered merely assets or resources, they are thrust into hopelessness.

    As for myself, I am ecstatic with my job compared to a year ago... I retired last year.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  73. jerry

    I am retired but I have four grown children who, luckily have jobs. As they were growing up I remember several times discussing with them that having a job was happiness. If they ever wanted to know what unhappiness was just lose your job and you would find out in a hurry. The rules were never quit a job until you had another one and stop whineing and make the job you have what you want it to be.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  74. Audrey Glover West Point Ga.

    After all the negatives i just read from you Jack that i had not even thought about, i am so not happy with my job. Thanks for continuing daily to enlighten me to the down side of all things. I'm done now. No more CNN.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  75. Art Texas

    A year ago I was under the impression that if you worked for the University or state govt you were "safe" – might not make as much $$ as in the private sector yet job security was high – NOT ANY MORE! And for all those folks that keep streaming into Texas from CA & elsewhere around the nation – STOP IT! The media has hyped Austin and Central Texas as being in a bubble with jobs and security and how wonderful it is – NOT! The area might not be as bad as some other parts of the country yet if everyone keeps moving here in hopes of finding a job they are going to be very disappointed. Happy? No, underpaid and now on a wait list till Nov about who is being pink slipped.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  76. Jeremy, Myrtle Beach South Carolina

    Job? what job. I'll tell you when I get a new one and have that one for a year.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  77. Derick in NY

    I'm very happy to still have a job, Jack. These are dark days for sure, but I have confidence things will get better. In the meantime I try to remember that adversity is an opportunity. I know it sounds cliche, but every day that things are a little slower is a day I have a chance to present ideas to management and prove that I'm committed and capable of thinking about the big picture.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  78. Mike in Texas

    You bet I am. I'm blessed to have a job that even though it's commission has stil met our needs. I'm happy to see things starting to improve. And I'm happy to work with folks that even though times are tough we chose to go through life happy and smiling and hope we're a postive influence on others. Going through life with chemo and med bills you can bet I'm happy to have health insurance. So am I as happy now as a year ago, you bet. It's a good thing.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  79. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    My job sucks Jack! I hated it a year ago and I hate it even moreso now. I need a new job, one where my irascible nature is appreciated. So when are you retiring Jack? I'm chomping at the bit to be your replacement. I'm cantankerous, I love Wolf, and I'm letting my eyebrows grow out. I can't wait to hear Wolf say, "Let's go to Poughkeepsie for the Buster Bash." How does this sound, Old Venerable One, "If you didn't see your Pulitzer Prize worthy email here, then you suck, Go to my Blog where you'll find equally sucky emails. Wolf?"

    September 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  80. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, MUCH happier than a year ago. I retired 9 months ago, and the distruction of the economy missed me. If we can just defeat this health care reform that is scheduled, according to THE CBO, to increase my health costs by 4 times, and my wife's the same amount, I'll be fine. If health reform passes, I'll be out there trying to get a job with the rest of the unemployed, because I won't be able to pay for my health care fees and copays any other way.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  81. Lucy, Austin, Texas

    I'm retired, but I hate doing business with these big corporations. They speak their own language and you pay more for less service and a poor product. Their products usually have planned obsolence built into it so they can quadruple their sales in a year if their product breaks right after the 90 day warranty.

    Don't you think small business can do a better job at a cheaper price after the corporations bankrupted America. Wouldn't it be better if your boss really was the boss and not a CEO in corporate headquarters? The problem is that small business can't complete with these corporations. Maybe America should start supporting small businesses in their communities and then we wouldn't have to worry about corporations being too big to fail and America workers would know if they were doing a good job because they would get the call and not someone in India complaint center.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  82. JayKay

    Hello no! Cafferty, can I have yours? I can ask questions all day long — and really — that's all it takes.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  83. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills, CA.

    I had the same job for the last 10 years and hope to be here for another 4. Yes, I am very happy.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  84. Manny

    I don't have a job. I'm happy. I haven't had a job since 1986.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  85. lee

    No. So I started looking for another one a few months ago. Now I'm being laid off as of October 31st. Go figure.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  86. Aimee Nadow

    Hi Jack,
    I think part of the reason why I'm so happy at my job is the fact that I spend about six hours a day with kids! They keep me laughing, keep life in perspective, and they get my jokes!

    Middle School Teacher,
    Aimee Nadow, Tampa, Florida

    September 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  87. Crystal Johnson

    I'm happy to have a job, any job. It's just part time and there are no benefits, but I did get a raise. I'm now making the same hourly wage that I was 10 years ago. Things are tough, but we are tightening our belts. No trips to WalMart to buy unneeded Chinese imports. Just the important things (hopefully still made in the USA).

    Crystal Johnson
    Bedford, IN

    September 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  88. Jen

    Yes!! A year ago I was working and today I am retired and loving it!!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  89. Ann Brooks

    I'm happier than I was a year ago. With more work and fewer people to do it, I've had the opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills, and to prove my value to my employer.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  90. Antonio

    Unfortunatly I have tried to move up the "corporate ladder: for the past 2 years with no success right out of college. Everyday I feel like I need to make a move, and more more I think I need to go back to school and pursue a profession such as practicing law.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  91. Diana DiBerardino

    I am happier now than I was a year ago. A year ago I was working for a big law firm. In March 2009, I decided to start a solo legal practice in patent law, and so far it has been one of the best decisions of my life.

    My thinking in February 2009 was that I could provide high quality patent legal advice at a reduced price and attract clients in this recession. I left the big firm in March 2009. I am doing well, not making a huge profit, but I am supporting my family and am my own boss now. I also have a direct relationship with my clients, and I'm learning how to run my own business. I am so happy now.

    Diana, Pittsburgh, PA

    September 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  92. Randy Indiana

    Yes I am happy with my job it's the people I work for who are a bunch of clowns who think they know everything than the people who been there thirty plus years.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  93. William

    No. My position was outsourced earlier this year, and I was sent back to the department where I started.

    Milford, CT

    September 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  94. Lilly

    I am fortunate to have a job I love. I have taken a pay cut in the form of furlough days but am still OK financially. It does make me angry that I have worked hard and have done nothing wrong but am expected to pay for the greed of AIG and others who are responsible for the economic downturn while they continue to accumulate wealth.

    Wethersfield, CT

    September 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  95. Katie

    Im from wisconsin rapids wisconsin, and Im not happy with my job, the paper mill closed a year ago, and Im still unemployed, and my money is running out, and Im not sure what Im gonna do, cant afford to move.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  96. Ron Gary

    Since I have not had a job the last 14 months,

    Good question though

    September 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  97. Heather Jones

    John, unhappy doesn't even cover it. We've had no raises 4 out of the last 5 years, our healthcare premiums have risen exponentially, they keep cutting budgets and laying off the indians, but hiring 6-figure chiefs. I am now doing the work that 5 people used to do–with no extra pay and lots of uncompensated overtime. Demoralized and depressed is more like it.

    Lou, KY

    September 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  98. Spotty's Dad

    Gosh Jack, a real question where your bias doesn't just drip off your written words. Atta boy!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  99. David Stewart

    We have lost 25% of our employees. I have worked here 13 years and I have hated everyday this past year. We get more work than it is possible to to. The salaried employees like myself used to get overtime paid but since the first of the 2009 that was stopped. We also took a 10% paycut. This has reduced my income around $1,000 net pay per month.
    My employer knows I can't just go out and find another job tomorrow so they know they can treat us all like crap. When things get better I am going to remember how myself and fellow employees were treated.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  100. Demetrius

    If happiness means being able to pay my bills then yes I am happy. As for enjoying what I do, that has been killed a long time ago

    September 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  101. Anonymous

    I'm very upset with the way things have turned out with Accenture, the company I work for. I've been here for more than two years and each year, I've made great improvements, but whenever promotion time has come around, they've always thrown out "due to market conditions, we can't give you a raise or promotion at this time." They need to pick up their game for being a well off global company. Once my skills are built up some more and the economy has turned around, I'm out of here.

    Chicago, IL

    September 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  102. ATM

    My faith in corporate America is gone and I see the bad decisions first hand. I think I was happy at one point, but not anymore. Though I am thankful to have a j-o-b I am on the net at work now sending this! I want to own my own business. Atlanta, GA

    September 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  103. Becker

    No because I am a VP of Sales for a IT company. Customers have basically cut their technology spending in half because the economy is so bad. That has naturally affected my earnings and the morale of my salespeople. So no I am not happy especially with OBAMA or journalists like you that constantly fail to speak or seek the truth.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  104. Alveta, Maryland

    Yes the heck I am Jack. Thanks for asking.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  105. John from Portland, OR

    Not at all. I work more for less money.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  106. ExcuseME

    WHAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would sell my kidney for one right now.

    WTF NOBAMA!?!?!?

    September 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  107. Bill Witthoft

    I am doing more work for the same pay and the cost of living is goes up day to day and my company just increased the cost of my benefits.
    I am not enjoying my job at all.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  108. Anonymous - Tulsa, OK

    Hi Jack,

    I absolutely despise my job now. Let me give you a little backstory. I work for a major insurance company. I won't say which one, because as much as I hate my job, I need it. It started out with promises of career development and wonderful opportunities and bonuses. Then, the economy crashed.

    Every day I see our parking lot a little more empty when I pull in. Not because people are getting laid off, but because rather than announce layoffs, the company is cutting every single desirable aspect of working here, and encouraging people to quit.

    Here's an example. I've been with the company two years now. In those two years, I've received one raise. Last month. The raise I received equated to twenty cents an hour. Two whole dimes.

    Jack, Working for the insurance company, I can say with complete sincerity that I hope the Health Care reform bill passes, with a public option, and this poor excuse for an insurance company gets wiped off the map as a result. Let's just hope I can find another job before that happens.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  109. Mike In OP ks

    Jack, Yes I am happy. Especially after reading the story of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Jared Monti. Also, seing the pictures of him arm and arm with his fellow U.S. and Afgan fighters. Rest in peace brother, and thank you for fighting and dying so I can work and raise my family in this great country!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  110. james

    I'd probably be happy if i had one.Going on 2 years now.No i can't say i'm terribly happy.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  111. David

    I was fortunate to have been hired by an outstanding Private Corporation last Summer and it is wonderful. They treat EVERYONE with dignity and respect and they should gross over 1 Billion $ this year.

    I realize I am one of the more fortunate ones. I feel for all the pain going on in the country today.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  112. Rick T - Ohio

    Couldn't be happier. Had several other job offers but just not interested. Work with great folks, the mission is important, and seriously each day brings a new challenge. To me a challenge offers an opportunity to learn something new.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  113. Bill


    I was so unhappy with my job it was affecting my health. I finally quit and am working several part time and side jobs to make ends meet. Tougher but much happier. (side note: part time jobs seem to be in abundance).


    September 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  114. Rick McDaniel / Lewisville, TX

    Neither my wife or myself have as good a situation at work, anymore. We both have to do more, with less resources, doing work in areas we didn't use to work in, and my wife has a much less desirable work schedule as well as having been cut 10% in hours.

    I know many people in a lot worse shape than we are, though.

    I have had 2 small raises in the past 8 yrs. My wife about the same. Benefits have decreased, with health care costing more for less.

    Right now, we don't know if either job will be safe, in the long run.

    We hope that we can last until we retire in a couple of years, and despite the fact we probably won't have enough income in retirement, we look forward to leaving the workplace, because of working conditions being as bad as they are.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  115. Ann Howard

    No. I am happy to have a part-time job at this point, but I feel absolutely no passion for my work, and feel extremely unmotivated by my place of employment. I haven't had a raise in years, I have no incentive to do better, or work harder. The job market has made it next to impossible to find another job in my field, even with the updated training I have just received. I am discouraged and depressed about my prospects. I'm middle aged and stuck in a dead-end job with no future. What's to feel hopeful about in this economy?

    September 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  116. Alex_TX

    No I am not. My company like many has cut annual raises this year. We still have the matching 401K plan, but I don't know how our insurance benefits will look like until the annual enrollment meeting later this year. My workload has increased, because the company has increased business. Increased business, yet no raises, can anyone explain this to me?

    September 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  117. Marc

    Jack...Right now,like most folks, I am happy to even have a good paying job. That said, the company is making us work much longer hours, take on extra activities we weren't hired to do. On top of that, they are always threatening layoffs, although they don't call it that anymore. I've heard a senior manager say in passing to a colleague(always watch what you say in an elevator) that if so and so doesn't like it, tell them to quit. We've got a hundred folks lined up to take their position who will work even longer hours for less pay! A very sad state of affairs. This company better watch out when the economy gets better.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  118. Mary2345

    I am very, very, very, very, VERY lucky not only to be employed, but to be working for a better company than I was a year ago. While there have been cutbacks, and I am shouldering a much greater workload than when I was first hired, Whole Foods makes it up to me with excellent benefits and above average pay. Fortunately, those have not been compromised.
    -Jacksonville, FL

    September 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  119. Susan

    Our law firm has cut staffing, but the lawyers still want the same amount of work done. I know they care about the bottom line, and I do too, but sometimes the pressure feels like it's too much to bear. Also, at the same time they cut the jobs of some 100 people, they hired associates for 9 months in the future, paying them a $5,000/mo. stipend and their health insurance premiums. It's hard to see your co-workers on unemployment when people who aren't even working are making more than they were when they WERE here. Everyone is paranoid and worried about losing their jobs. It never was a carefree place before, but now the mood is definitely grim.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  120. Kevin

    Yup...sure am happy with my Job. I get a nice raise every year and my health benefits have not risen that much.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  121. christina

    I feel that employers have taken advantage of the fact that the economic situation was bad and workers have less choices in say in what happens in the workplace, they cut out benefits, raises and any other perks that used to motivate employees and basically say well that is the way it is . I am working for no benefits, no paid time off and will not get a raise. Have more work to do then ever and my boss does not appreciate it. It is very demoralizing to feel like you have to take it and have no where else to go because the job situation is bad.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  122. Kristi, AZ

    Happier NO, greatful to be working YES.
    And greatful trumps happiness any day of the week.

    I'm surprised to hear that employers are complaing that employees are slacking off more. I see the opposite. People working harder so that they secure their positions.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  123. steve from tacoma

    Hey Jack.

    NOPE not at all but have to pay the bills and im too old 50 to start over again..... second time around was in the military for 13 years until they booted alot of combat arms out.. before the first gulf war... thanks for asking.. how about you? you happy with your job?

    thanks again

    September 17, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  124. dan

    no. not at all. it seems every concern is met with " be happy you have a job" i cant belive we have let the workforce slide back 50 years due to making sure the rich stay rich!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  125. r. smith

    What does it matter. if you are happy or not.... If ya got one keep it...

    September 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  126. Lisa S.

    Tips make up more than half of my paycheck. No I'm not happy with my job any longer. Although people are eating out they are not tipping their servers/bartenders. I don't htink people realize we make under the national minium wage for other jobs per hour and the government assumes are a tipped a certian percentage of the total sales and are taxed on that amount. Many times I ende up oweing the federal government more money than I've made. If you can't not afford to tip for good service don't eat out!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  127. John Jackson-Dallas TX


    I couldn't tell you. I never had a job until this year. I get paid $8.75 an hour to clean toilets at a fast food restaurant and they treat me like dirt over here. I have a college degree and this is all I can find for now. I heard that the illegal immigrants get paid a lot more for other jobs that they don't me to hire because I'm over qualified. I guess I"M not over qualified to clean toilets(part of managment trainee-my a%$). Oh well, at least I'm healthy and looking forward to a brighter future. God Bless everyone.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  128. Dean

    The company I work at is a microcosm of the US economy. Risks were taken that are going to soon bankrupt our company, but the executives aren't giving their bonuses back to help out. They're also expecting everyone else to work harder for less money.

    I am looking for a new job and a new country to call home. I will not sacrifice the rest of my life for the luxuries of the greedy.

    Atlanta, Georgia

    September 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  129. Marion/Birmingham

    Happy as a pig in the mud,Jack.At least I have a job.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  130. Dave - Houston, Texas


    I liked my job a year ago. Today, I have discovered that I like my retirement much, much better! You should try it Jack. On second thought, scrub that Jack. Should you retire, I'd miss your segments in the Situation Room. Sorry, I can't risk that Jack. So stay put!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  131. Caroline

    I hate my job, I have recently completed a Master's degree to move on and the economy tanked and I feel as though I am stuck. I am not ungrateful to be employed but just feel completely trapped in a dead end-no raises or promotions (state employee) job. I know I am lucky when everyone else is scrambling for work, but I still feel unappreciated and completely stuck.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  132. Heather, Missoula, MT

    Maybe I'm lucky to work for a utility company (we have a sort of "captive audience", keeps business going strong). Or maybe I'm lucky to work for an organization that is so forward thinking and fair in its dealings that thus far, we employees have not had to suffer for any of our organizations pains in this economy. I love my job MORE than I did last year, and count myself blessed.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  133. Lyn Montgomery

    Love my job...have for the past 19 years I've had it. But in this climate, I'd love ANY job I had. It's scary out there. I've never known a time when so many people are applying for so few jobs. And don't forget all those Ivy League financial whiz kids who are at loose ends. They are competing with the new graduates. Not a good thing.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  134. jack Phoenix, AZ

    No. I had to take 7 days without pay, which affects my pension average (3 years away). They should have done cuts and ended the issue, but this will prolong the agony until the economy improves. Hiring freezes dump more work on everyone.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  135. kathy

    Of course everyone is upset and taking a hit. I got a union authorized raise in July 2.5 % which was recended and given a 3% reduction besides. I work in healthcare as an RN.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  136. John

    I use to love my job at NUMMI! But the recent announcement by Toyota to close the JV with GM has ignited many problems for employee morale and motivation. The company’s mission statement holds only empty meaning to the workers who loyally built the vehicles that made Toyota executives rich and the company successful. "Through teamwork, safely build the highest quality vehicles at the lowest possible cost to benefit our customers, team members, community, and shareholders." It’s also ironic that one of the most successful cars purchased with the cash for clunkers program (Toyota Corolla) was actually built at NUMMI.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  137. Gary

    The economy sucks, but I'm one of the fortunate few who love their job. Thank God, I work with people I like and love what I do!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  138. Cautionary Girl

    Even though I got a raise when the first round of layoffs hit the company, I have had to work much harder than I am compensated for. Moreover, various new policies that have been set in place in the last year, such as having to request a day ahead of time to get off work ON TIME, have thoroughly damaged my work morale, and now my company is known as a sweat shop.

    Did I mention I'm working this weekend? That too.

    Dallas, TX

    September 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  139. Christa Blyth

    I teach twelth grade Government. I absolutely love my job and am having a blast teaching government at a time when major changes in our nation's government are occuring. As far as being happy at my job, I feel that sometimes happiness is a choice and a state of mind. I am underpaid and overworked yet I feel very thankful to have a job and live in the best country in the world. Yes, I am very happy.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  140. John Cummings

    I like how Obama has just stepped on the scene and people are already tryin to burn him at the cross.. maybe its time yall investigate how yall been livin for the past 40/50 years.. nuff said. Our nation was built by slaves and child labor.. slaves built the white house! and yes I am happy at work!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  141. Minneaplis, MN

    I am not ungrateful, but my job has gotten VERY stressful. I am expected to do more in less time (more work – less employees – No overtime allowed) I need my job, but at what cost?

    September 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  142. Hard worker in MI

    Work seems worse because if you are lucky enough to have a job you know you are stuck there! There are no other jobs to get...at least in Michigan.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  143. clr

    I like my job, but I have already been told I will be making less in benefits... My boss is cutting out our healthcare – if – this cr*p passes in wasthington.. thank you very much. They are in a wait and see mode right now, but if it looksl ike the dems are going to try to ram this through on a budget technicality – then my employer will but the benefits BEFORE it goes into law. They will give us a slight bump to cover the mandatory $3800 my family will have to pay – but that is going to pay for one heck of a crappy insurnace plan. I hope the idiot congress have to live on this same stuff.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  144. Spike

    No Jack, I cannot say that I am. The few employers who are still in operation out there are laughing in thier beer at the fact that they've got us (the people who actually have to do the real work) right where they want us. For years they've had nothing to do but engineer ways to keep us hamsters on the wheel, and now that the economy is in the toilet and everyone's afraid, we're more disposable than ever. Dont like your job? There is most certainly someone out there who will do twice what you can for half the price, and there's always someone who can fill your seat. Working is no longer a joy, it's a compulsory punishment for not being born into wealth or having a big, famous last name.

    Forget about raises and bonuses when your health insurance is twice what it cost this time last year. And be careful when you use your insurance, especially if you have more than one medical problem.


    The Death Panels conservative factions warn about are actually here and now, and have been for quite some time...They're known as your Human Resources Department. When you cost too much, they will find every way to get rid of you, not caring what your situation is. A good college professor once told me that in the HR department, you are a number and not a person. Thanks to the HIPPA laws, they can look at anything they like, and chances are they know as much as your physician knows.

    Jack, in all honesty I just want stable jobs for everyone willing to work them, I want my neighbors to be healthy and secure, and I want our government to shake a leg and get things right again. But most of all, I just want my country back.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  145. SJ in San Jose, California

    I'm unhappy, but not as unhappy as I could be. Yes, my department has had pay cuts, and there's a sense that we're unappreciated. Fortunately, my direct manager is extremely forthcoming, acknowledges the miserable situation, and has created an environment where we're all in this together. It would be a lot worse if I felt isolated.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  146. Chip Pedro

    No, definitely not as happy as a year ago.

    I work in Covington, Northern Kentucky. I just don't understand the workplace mentality anymore. Layoff hard working people, keep low productivity personnel, and everyone who's left has to work harder.

    Management either has no clue, or chooses to ignore the fact that morale is suffering because of this, and many other reasons, all tied to "the economic downturn."

    The more I read and talk with friends in other industries, the more it seems to me that many employers are simply using the economic situation as an excuse to cut increases and bonuses, and milk their remaining employees by holding the possibility of additional layoffs over their heads.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  147. Mike

    As an IT tech... which IS the backbone of most companies these days... with all the things that are asked and expected of us... to restore damaged data and help users who don't know how to maintain their own Pc's or use their applications. I'm treated like a savior... but deffinately not paid fairly for everything that I do in any given day. In fact I feel that my "competitive pay" does not accurately reflect the amount of stress and hard work I put in each day in order for users and the company I work for to be successful.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  148. Sarah Lee

    I am not happy. My employer tells us almost every day that we are lucky to have a job. We are over worked and under paid. I do not slack off , I am unable to take breaks or a lunch for we are pressured non stop all day to get it done. I currently work for Wells and as you know we have a crisis on hand with homes going to foreclosure.

    Its harassment daily here and I do not know one person out of 100 who is happy with their job. Happy to have a job yes, but not happy with their job.

    If I could get 200,000 for my story I'd sell it. I believe Wells Fargo and other banks are breaking the law or investor guidelines when it comes to modification on home loans and certain portfolios. Also, certain investors just do not care. I'm pretty sure you would not pay up so I will keep it to my self. I believe homeowners could have a class action law suit against them.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  149. Maryann/Michigan

    I am retired and in my third year. I felt okay until my pension was reduced and I now have to pay my dental and vision. I use to think of retirement as easy living, but no longer. Those who have less get more taken from them. However, God is good all the time!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  150. Brian

    I no longer have the same job I had a year ago. A better question for me would be am I happy with the job I've wound up with after this past year.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  151. Rodney

    I was not happy at my job that I had stuck with just over a year. Even with the economic times, I decided to resign from the position. I was working long hours outside and came home miserable everyday, not to mention my boss was a micromanaging jerk. I did the right thing and gave notice and have been doing odd jobs/living off savings for 4 months until I can find something I like more. I've had a few interviews but no job offers in spite of being experienced in my field. Some people think I'm crazy for doing it, but you only live once and I think spending 50 hours a week doing something you hate was more crazy. I would rather be poor and enjoying life then economically stable and miserable.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  152. Toni from TX

    Good question, Jack. I'm ashamed to answer that.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  153. Ken Keeton

    I graduated in May with my masters in library and information science but yet to find work in that area. Still working at the hospital part-time but it's better than nothing. Can't wait to get a higher paying job though.

    As to the question, the answer would have to be no.

    Ken in New Mexico

    September 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  154. kathy from IL

    I work in Wisconsin for the state!! Cut 3% all state workers.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  155. James, SF Bay Area

    Yes I am as happy with my job as I was a year ago!! Sure, we didn't receive a raise or large bonus this year, but because of the job security associated with the company I work for and the exciting and engaging job I have, I was happy to make financial sacrifices to help my company thrive!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  156. Michele

    I can honestly say I love my job and I look forward to going to work everyday. Now to be honest part of that is because I work from home for an awesome company. I don't have to sit in traffic and then deal with people in an office. What I see in the work force is a sense of entitlement people don't feel the need to "earn" a pay check they think they are entitled to it. I was not raised that way and nor did I raise my children that way. It is clearly out there though and until employers realize that they do not have to put up with that kind of attitude it will go on. If you don't like your job you need to find a new one because you are not doing yourself any favors by being miserable and you certainly are not giving your all to your employer. Life is too short to be miserable and a job should really be something that you enjoy.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  157. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    Can't say I am as my job was moved 'offshore' & I'm now unemployed after 40+ years – I assume those 5 folks in China that are now performing my former job are enjoying it. Unfortunately, my unemployment check won't afford me the opportunity to purchase the cheap junk coming back into the US from 'offshore' so I'm not sure how long they'll be enjoying it.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  158. Diane

    Jack, what job? I've been out of work for 15 months with no job of a similar type to what I was doing when I lost my job in sight. Ben Bernancke says the recession is over. I want to know what he's been smoking, and can I get some.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  159. John in Fremont California

    I use to love my job at NUMMI! But the recent announcement by Toyota to close the JV with GM has ignited many problems for employee morale and motivation. The company’s mission statement holds only empty meaning to the workers who loyally built the vehicles that made Toyota executives rich and the company successful. “Through teamwork, safely build the highest quality vehicles at the lowest possible cost to benefit our customers, team members, community, and shareholders.” It’s also ironic that one of the most successful cars purchased with the cash for clunkers program (Toyota Corolla) was actually built at NUMMI.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  160. Jeff

    You bet, Jack. I lived below my means for years and built up a good savings. I pay off my credit card every month. My unemployment period following separation from the Navy last year was brief and stress-free as I was not worried about how to pay the bills. I turned down a job offer to get what I wanted, which is what I got, and a year and a half later I love it. I sleep soundly at night. I don't worry about losing my job because it's not in jeopardy and even if it was I could survive well over a year without employment. Maybe I'd get all my house projects done if it happened! People in trouble today want to blame the President, the unions (which is a good choice of target in my opinion), greed, Wall Street, or anyone else that is not themselves. To them I say, what life choices led you to your present status? I grew up on a dairy farm and left home at 18 with nothing but the clothes on my back, so I don't want to hear any excuses about access to education, money, or anything else. You have to earn the American Dream. It's not free.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  161. Tony in Idaho

    I adore my job!! I will be turing 66 and retiring next July, so I'm starting to decide what my next adventure will be. Hope whatever I do with the rest of my life will be as interesting!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  162. Sue from Redwood City

    I like my job very much but there is less of it nowadays. I'm part time until things pick up more. I'm not worried, it will happen soon, most likely next quarter.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  163. Kriss

    After working way too many years at jobs that lit up only a few little places in my soul/psyche, I hit on a dream job. Yes, it's less money, but boy does it meet my other needs 100%. I work at a golf course full time, year round, play for free on all 6 courses we manage, eat for half price, get merchandise at a 40% discount, and go to work every day to a beautiful, peaceful place and happy people. Yeah, I have my dream job and I don't care about the money. I adjust. I pray everyone who hates their job, or hates not having a job, finds their once-in-a-lifetime place. That's where money just doesn't matter. I suggest figuring out where your soul is and get a job in it.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  164. Jason

    I have survived 3 rounds of layoffs in the last year, and am lucky to have a job to pay the bills. Nevertheless my career progression is on hold as I am stuck in the same role in addition to other responsibilities, the company can not hire new employees nor afford to waste time cross-training current ones, hence there is nobody to fill my role and I'm stuck with no room for promotion. So the short answer is I do not like my job at the moment.

    Jason in Cleveland, Ohio

    September 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  165. Heather

    As a teacher, I absolutely love my job. However, due to budget cutbacks, teachers still do not get paid enough. I have large classes, the district cannot afford to pay for substitutes, so when one teacher is out, the students are split between the rest of the classes. We are working twice as hard, with about 25% more students because teachers were cut, and we are not getting pay raises.

    Am I happy with my job? Absolutely. Overwhelmed and underpaid? Definitely.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  166. M from Toronto Ontario

    I wish I could say I was! A year ago this week I started a new job, which I lost 7 months later due to the market crashing. Thanks America!!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  167. Jayg

    I love my job and do well enough not to be expendable. There are plenty of people hiring, people just want to collect unemployment and blame the gov't. Lazy liberals

    September 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  168. Bob


    I hated my job and the corporate BS. Last year my company laid me off, and now.....I couldn't be happier. Semi-retired, video-taping weddings, and people actually thank me for my work!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  169. Nate in IA

    I managed to land my dream job straight out of college 3 years ago and have not looked back. I would not trade this job for anything!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  170. Richard in Montreal


    I went through

    The 80's where employers valued there employes a little bit...
    The 90's where employers told you to your face "Be happy you have a job!" and by the way you dont anymore...
    The new millenium where you dont know WHAT to expect...

    and I finally I see comming at the end of the tunnel a very faint light! Because all the babyboomers leaving, the employers will be stuck with not enough of us...

    So be patient I think this rough ride will be on a come come back and we will be able finally pick and choose... so NO I aint happy now... and maybe I believe in santa claus (he is French Canadian BTW!) but I hope to be able to tell them to "Take that job and shove it!" soon... real soon...

    HO HO HO...

    September 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  171. Ann

    This has been a tough year for my company. We reduced our workforce, we will not be paying bonuses, and we were required to take some unpaid days off.

    But to answer your question... do I love my job as much as I did a year ago? Yes. Absolutely. I love what I do, I am grateful every day for my team but most of all I believe in what my company stands for. Do we always get it right? No. But we do it with heart.

    I don't like the circumstances. I don't like the financial hit but I like my job.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  172. Walter from Davie, FL

    Hell yes, I love my job. I love my job waaay more than I did even 2 or 3 years ago.

    I retired 3 years ago and I love it. I get to go to the gym for my daily workout in the middle of the day when it's not crowded – sometimes I'm the only one there. I can stay up late on Monday night to watch a football game and don't have to worry about getting somewhere at the crack of dawn on Tuesday. Some days, I even have time to watch the grass grow.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  173. Shawn C of WV

    I was never that happy working at a grocery store but hey, it puts food on my family(my favorite bushism) while I am going to college....

    September 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  174. sharon

    NO! Work for largest retailer, they are cutting hours, demanding open availability, or walk, no 2 days off in a row for most, and our insurance refuses to pay on name brand drugs, that some people have to have. Tension is high, and no answers other than this is the way it will be, no choice. Makes a person really thrilled to go in to work, knowing you are not appreciated, and could be cut at any time.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  175. STAN - IL.

    Yes, quite satisfied for the last 16 years, thanks to a UNION JOB. Please don't run down a union job, they fight for the working person, that is more than I can say for non union ones. The wealthy gripe about us earning too much. We work hard for every dollar we earn. How many things do you think the bigwigs could build and live on, if working for blue collar pay.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  176. LP in Missouri

    WHAT job?!? 🙁

    September 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  177. D in Dallas

    Hello Jack!

    After 20 years of being in the workforce of which 13 have been in the same company, I have to say that I've never seen anything like this.
    It's amazing how companies are taking blatant advantage of their employees and of the current financial situation to benefit themselves by lowering salaries and benefits even when the company is outperforming and with more than half a billion dollars in the bank. My company has decided to cut salaries and benefits. Stress levels have soared. Managers are phsychologically mistreating employees. Double standards are flourishing, and Management by fear has become the standard. It is amazing how many people just want to pick up and leave – unfortunately it's not an option these days and many companies know it. This crisis has not only destroyed our economic system and forever changed the way our economic engine will work going forward, but it has destroyed any humanity left on many of the companies out there.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  178. Lisa - B'ham, AL

    Jack, I actually loved my job, up until a year and a half ago. I'm a part of the management team at my company. When economy tanked the upper level management went tazmania on us. They became arrogant, increasingly demanding, no business decisions without upper level approval, locked us into 12 hour days (salary based on 45 hours weekly might I add), held back our raises – giving us the "we're partners" speech, and basically told us if we didn't like it try and find employment elsewhere. I don't know whether to call Ghostbuster's or an exorcist. But this is not the same company I came love over eighteen years ago. I'm basically hanging on to the good times, but I'll take a pay cut and go elsewhere for peace-of-mind.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  179. Randy

    No, not particularly happy, but what choice does anyone have? Employers everywhere are giving their workers the shaft with longer hours and less compensation because they know in this market they can get away with it – if you aren't willing to be treated like disposable chattel, there are thousands out there who would love the chance. America's workplace environment is in a race to the bottom. We encourage it because wringing the life out of your workers while throwing them the fewest scraps you can get away with in return keeps the shareholders happy, but in the long run it only hastens the decline of our once formidable competitive edge.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  180. Eric, NH

    Happy to have a job- Yes Happy to have this job-No. The thing is my employer is taking advantage of the economy and knows no one is going to just walk out because there are no jobs out there. I can tell you as soon as I can high tail it, I will.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  181. Jennifer

    I got slammed in the real estate market when it crashed and will be a while digging out, but I am lucky enough to work for the federal government in a job that provides enormous personal satisfaction and a great deal of autonomy. It's a job I "fell into" after many years of searching for a job I could get excited about and was perfectly qualified for. The money, to be honest, is average, and I still struggle to make the paychecks last, but I can't put a price on how it feels to wake up in the morning and look forward to work. It makes everything else easier to bear.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  182. Jeanne

    What job?


    September 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  183. Len Smith

    I love the job that I have, but I am a retiree and only work part time and I enjoy every minute that I am at work. It is a wonderful job.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  184. Gail

    Yes, Jack. I am as satisfied today as I was 20 years ago. I have a great employer who is focused on creating a positive work environment for all of his employees.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  185. Susan


    No, I'm not. Not many are. Compared to last year, I'm making $50K less. My job function has changed to one that I don't particularly like or enjoy. But I remain grateful every day that I have a job at all, and I keep in my thoughts those who do not and hope that it will be better for all of us in the very near future.

    Arlington, VA

    September 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  186. K. Murphy

    Can't say that I am thrilled with the current work enviornment Jack! They have frozen hourly wages for management, cut tuition reimbursement and put a cap on raises for our annual reviews. I am going to work all year just to get a 3% raise. How is that going to help when I am forced to buy insurance that I don't have that I can't afford?

    September 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  187. jason

    A year ago I had a job. If I still had a job I would be happy

    St. Petersburg, Fl

    September 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  188. Amanda

    Just in the past summer I've noticed the hit to morale my company has taken. It's hard to ask for appreciation when you're not sure if tomorrow you'll have a job or not. So no, I'm not happy with my job these days, but what other choice do I have? I'm a part-time college student who can't afford to finish school without the job I can't stand to drive 30 minutes to everyday. This is the definition of a dead-end.

    San Antonio, TX

    September 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  189. Yoopertom

    Yes. After many years in industrial management I now work for a small community college in Arkansas running a business and industry training division. I run my own operation, we develop our own custom programs, I have a great deal of autonomy, authority commensurate with responsibility, and a quality of work life that is fulfilling. Yes I enjoy my work today as much as I did last year.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  190. Jerry - Fountain CO

    Several times a day I say to myself "thank God I am retired".

    September 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  191. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    The beatings will continue until the morale improves

    September 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  192. Ken in NC

    I'll let you know as soon as it comes back from Mexico.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  193. Alexander Kolokotronis

    I think the real question to many is "Do you have a job?".

    Astoria, NY

    September 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  194. Leslie

    I suspect I'd be happy to HAVE a job. It's been almost a year now.
    For those who aren't happy, you should be grateful to even have a job.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  195. Debra Templeton

    I love my job at Work out World, but I am having a hard time because they froze our wages over a year ago, and people are joining the gym every day. I am trying to hang in hoping they will give me a raise.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  196. Michael Conley

    What job? Hell i have been unemployed for a year and half, and with the economy the way it is, the future doesn't look too bright.

    Mike Conley
    Narrows, Virginia

    September 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  197. Matthew Martin

    JOB? What Job? I lost my job months ago and will be homeless in 2 months if things don't change. Never thought it would happen to me, but it did. Watch out and prepare for it.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  198. Chad from Los Angeles

    I am employed, which I was not a year ago, but now my wife is out of work.. We can't win! but we are not on the streets yet? That is something to be happy about...

    September 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  199. David Roberts

    I for one am not near as happy as I was a year ago. In the last year evey bonus that was being received has been taken away. There has not been a raise given in the last three years. When you only make 30,000.00 a year and about 32% goes out off the top you don't have much to live on. When will someone start thingking about those of us who make this little and stop worrying about the 150,00.00 and above/

    September 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  200. Jonathan, Brooklyn NY


    A year ago I would have said I don't know how happy I am with my Job. Now, 9 months after being laid off, I'd be happy to have almost any job. I think the question you need to ask is how happy will you be when you return to the workforce. There's where you'll find some future productivity. Of course, this would mean I'd probably not be watching you and Wolf nearly as much.


    September 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  201. Colin - Narragansett, RI

    I still love my job, but it's definitely hard to stay engaged and work harder with no incentives to do so.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  202. Wayne

    I'm making more money, but I'll be paying more taxes. You tell me. When I move out of the blue state of Maryland, I SHOULD be better off.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  203. nyc ad guy

    My morale is down, as is the morale of my colleagues. We all go out less together, office perks have disappeared and we work from home more often.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  204. Steve

    Overall worker morale is low. It seems most do not care about doing their best, let alone going that extra mile to perform at a higher level. It seems that people simply don't care.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  205. Olivia

    Yes. In the middle of recovery from loss of my home in a wildfire, one YEAR AGO TODAY those rats laid me off...and TODAY, they are still rats..and still have no home.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  206. Terry Kepner

    No. I work in retail as a "salesclerk" paid by percentage of sales. I've watched the company drop that percentage every year for the last eight years until today I make almost as much money working full time today as I did eight years ago.

    P.S. please don't use my name and city on the air, I'll get fired!
    Terry Kepner
    Bennington, NH

    September 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  207. Rich

    More work. No raise in 3 years. It would take a 3% raise this year to cover the health care increase. Morale pretty bad throughout the office. But at least I'm still employed.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  208. Shannon Connell from Nashville

    Hi, Jack –

    Well, considering my husband and I have six degrees between us, and we both had jobs this time last year, we agree we were happier at that time. You remind me so much of my grandfather (whom I adored)...... He pushed me to get all these degrees. I wonder what he'd think if he were here today? He used to tell me I was going to flip hamburgers if I didn't get an education...... sounds like a good job to me right about now.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  209. Jeremy

    would the term "Hell no" be appropriate? My company laid off 25% of their workforce, we've lost all of our resources in IT to do programming work/changes for us, and they STILL expect us to meet the same deadlines as before, and in some cases even stricter deadlines.

    My company is going to learn the hard way to not ditch all resources and expect people to stick around once the economy gets better.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  210. Tiffany

    Hey, Jack! I don't just like I love my job! I work for the library and yes we have a busy work environment and sometimes it can be stressful! But, there is not a day I don't go to work happy! My boss works with the staff, talks to us in a calm matter, gives us plenty of task. There is not one person on the staff who isn't willing to work hard! A great work environment is what we have. Out of all the places I have worked this job is the best!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  211. Jessie A.

    No I'm not. I'm working harder, working longer hours, and doing more than what I was hired to do...for less. 3 pay cuts and nothing to show except for excess stress and a few gray hairs. When will this recession end so I can go back to job hunting for an employer that treats their employees with respect and worth? They don't care about us, why should we waste the time to care about them..

    September 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  212. Elle

    I am. I do not base my happiness at work on bonuses and extra pay. There is none and never has been. Those people who whine about a bonus should be thankful for having a job and work as hard as they can. I find it offensive to work hard only when a bonus is hung out there like a carrot on a stick. The result is usually pushy sales people and poor business practices just to get those extra bucks.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  213. Beth

    Jack no I am not as happy. We are reminded almost daily that we are lucky to have jobs. They tell us that as they close for two days and we don't get paid. They tell us that as we don't have a lunch time. Smile, at least you have a job. There is constant bickering – they will put ads in the paper and then show us the stacks of applications. See, they say, so many people want jobs, you should be happy to have a job. At some point a person gets tired of hearing it and less motivated to help the company succeed. It's not necessarily logical – if the company succeeds theoretically the employee will perhaps get bonuses or raises. I don't believe it will work that way any longer. Now that the employer gets away with paying less, offering less benefits, etc., they wont' be jumping to give them out once they start doing better. For many of us where I work, we think "hey, it might not be so bad to get to stay home, maybe find a cash job somewhere, even if it's in a bagel store, and get unemployment" It is starting to have great appeal to me. Work somewhere closer to home for less and maybe feel better at my job, a place where I spend at least a third of my life? It's something to think about and at some point the employers will find out that a company full of unhappy people does not always do better.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  214. E

    Jack, I had a job a year ago and now I don't. I would be happy to even get an interview! Noboby shouldn't be thinking how happy they are. They should just be happy they have a job. You don't want I'll take it with a cheaper salary!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  215. Call center Rep at ATT

    I like my job, but i have not been as happy as in the past and if things dont change i will look for something else....we used to get bonuses, now they are hardly nothing...you cant make your numbers with their measurments...you want to be sucessfull at your job but its starting to feel like no matter how hard you try, you cant do it right...moral is low in our center, it is very negative everyday, hard to work that way when negative breeds negative...people are even getting to what i think is hostile in the workplace, on edge, on eachothers nerves...

    September 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  216. John Denman

    I worked 3 years straight taking Thanksgiving and X-Mas holidays. No vacation. 10-16 hour days. 40% travel often including weekends. Finally got some time off. In fact I've had the whole summer off. Severerence package didn't even equal the overdue vacation pay.

    Good thing this conservative squirrel had plenty of nuts stored. Its too bad my party abondoned conservatives like me.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  217. Beez in Pa

    No. I'm still employed with the same place for 8+yrs, however, I'm not sure if the business will be the same the next year. We've held on, but now the writing is on the wall and things are going to significantly change. Not much you can do when the business will be acquired.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  218. Cynthia

    I am a graduate school professor and very happy with my choice of a career. We are undergoing budget cuts so it means no merit or cost of living increases for the next year...but at least we HAVE jobs. I don't find myself wasting time a work. There is too much work to do each day. Before I know it, it's time for bed and time to wake up and do it all over again. The stress we feel is due to the loss of support staff.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  219. Wayne

    It actually offends me to ask if I liked my job a year ago. Try a decade ago when the real tanking of the economy started. The "Era of bad feelings" continues.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  220. Donna McMillan

    No, I'm not happy. I can't even get a day off.

    F. Beuller

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  221. Mike Bernardo


    A year ago I was unemployed and watching my savings vaporize. Now I am on salary, working 55-65 hours a week and once again dreaming of the potential to retire sometime. I'm in heaven.

    Mike (Arkansas)

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  222. Bruce

    Yes. I am a musical instrument maker, overworked and underpaid, but the job satisfaction is immeasurable.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  223. Annie, Atlanta

    No. A year ago I was a housewife and mom. With both kids in college now and the husband laid off I need a new job and there aren’t any. But I’m glad “they” say the recession is over. I’m just wondering where, other than Wall Street, that is.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  224. Phong in OC, CA

    Happy NO, Hate YES.

    I works as a temp, on a short term project, no benefits, with no future.

    But very grateful for what I have.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  225. erasmo pino ricano

    more work .less money .no benefit =never hapy factory work louisville

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  226. Claudia

    NO. Although I and other co-workers were "lucky" enough to have survived the lay-offs two years ago (but people that were laid-off got a nice severance package) In my company the motivation was a big paycheck, mostly as a result of great performance bonuses. Now, and after 10 years of employment, the only thing i have is a reduced base-pay, impossible to achieve goals (thus no bonuses for the last year) and a parking spot, that, is seniority. I was also moved downwards, from departments, and I am now where I started 10 years ago, but with less salary. I dont understand how a company can arbitrarily treat people like commodities. If I dont perform to their new exhorbitant goals, I will be fired in 3 months... no severance package!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  227. Worker Bee

    No, I'm def not as happy – I think our company has used the recession as a bit of an excuse to cut certain things and we are constantly spied on for productivity. Promises and incentives have been reneged on, once things turn around I will look elsewhere, even if things get great here again, they have soured the relationship with their behaviour.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  228. Ken, Long Beach, CA

    What Job?! What are these jobs you are talking about? I've been out of work over 9 months now. It would have been almost 2 years, but I agreed to take a severe paycut just to hold onto the one I had until January when the boiss finally said, sorry, we are moving all manufacturing to Mexico.

    Somehow, the harsh realization is showing that I will probably have to move to a foreign country just to work for a so-called American company.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  229. Abbie Burglass


    In January we were told no raises, no Christmas party, no annual dinner. Nothing.

    Then we were handed week-long unpaid mandatory furloughs in both the second and third quarters!!

    Sadly we all suspect things aren't as bad as the powers-that-be are making it seem but are using this as an excuse to get away with stripping what little we had away from us.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  230. mary ellen south carolina

    A year ago.. We may want to scroll back a few more years..

    Am I happy working in an at will state, where they pay barely above minimum wage, and have revolving door policies, and change employees like I change my socks..???
    I am a professional person with 20 years experience in my field. One year hard dedicated work is worth about 50 cents an hour to most employers, and you have to pay for you heakth insurance, which I might add has a deductible that is a few thousand dollars.

    SO, Am I ahppier than last year, or the year before, or the one before..


    September 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  231. EH in Pennsylvania

    A year ago I had a job.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  232. jason s

    Absolutely not, I haven't had a raise in 4 years. The morale in my factory is at the lowest I have ever seen!! The employees have all given up so much and the employer has bought a new home that someone who makes ten times what he makes would be proud of. It's greed, it's that simple. The owner has a new company car every year, because of that tax break on company cars. He has a lake house that he spent twice as much as my real house just remodeling!!! So you ask me if I'm happy , HELL NO!!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  233. Sandles

    The same exists at my place of work, which is based on recreation, which is directly effected by the economy. It was a fun place to work at one time, but now there are so many changes for the worse. As soon as you take the fun out of your company, you have lost your employees. You might get away with not paying much, but if your employees are happy it does not matter. When the comfortable atmosphere goes away, well they will expect more.......usually on the payroll end. HAPPY WORKERS MAKE MORE PRODUCTIVE WORKERS, MORE PRODUCTIVE WORKERS BRING IN MORE REVENUE AND REFLECT BETTER ON THE GUESTS.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  234. Larry Feevey

    I am a commission sales man / person and I am making less then one half of my normal income. I am working more hours and working harder but my customers are not buying as they are feeling the crunch as well and holding back on spending. I continue to look for new customers but I find the same situation there, freeze on spending. .

    September 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  235. Dan Fleury in Santa Barbara

    Yeah. I make an hourly wage, but moved into public housing saving $200 a month, I work for a non-profit and get my annual raise in October, and my (matching) Roth IRA is getting over 18%

    September 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  236. Alan

    Job? What job? Southern California is a death trap. There is nothing here, So Cal is not a market for employees but rather a market for employers. I have been going one year with no work. Ive sent countless resumes to over 200 locations and these people don't even give you the dignity of a call back. I am a student and I am on the verge of not even being able to afford school anymore.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  237. james carr

    absolutly not!! i was told that the recession would keep me from earning a pay raise. i live near yellowstone park, where they have surpased or nearly surpassed record number of tourist this summer!! i am working as hard or harder than in years past.. what recession?

    September 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  238. Adam

    I work for the accounting department of a major hotel/casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The amount of work required by us is always increasing, yet our staffing levels never change. In fact, just today we received a new project that will take one person over an hour to do, something that I'll get stuck doing because I can't have any overtime for my clerks! I already usually work 10-hour days, guess I'm up to 11 now! I'm definitely not as happy as I was a year ago, but I guess that's the price we pay to at least have a job in this economy, right?

    North Las Vegas, NV

    September 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  239. Old Guy

    Yes, I'm retired. I work 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours late afternoon. 7 hour lunchbreak. Deer hunting season off, 2 weeks off over Christmas, off 51 weekends a year and I have all summer off. If I need some time off, I only have to ask.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  240. Dan in Philly

    It's been a tough time to be an HR Manager. When business is down and jobs are scarce, employee morale and productivity take a nosedive. The only things that are up are the pressure from senior executives to perform, anxiety over job security (or lack thereof), and tensions between co-workers. That all keeps me and my colleagues busy and therefore more secure in some ways, but boy, I'd sure trade a little less "busy" for a little more sanity right about now.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  241. JP Los Alamos, NM

    I am my own boss. I don't have to make other people's stupid mistakes. I get to make my own. Once you are self-emloyed you can never go back, unless you have to in order to have enough money to eat.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  242. Dakota Clark


    I used to have a great job with a state agency, until there was a change in supervisors. They new guy turned out to be a certified anus orifice.

    After two years of trying to deal, in a business–like way, with his reasoning impaired idiocy, I gave the agency a 90 notice of my departure. My last day of work also happened to be my 63rd birthday. In advance, I applied for Social Security, and started receiving my check two months after I quit.

    I miss some of the people I used to work with, but I am very glad that I no longer have to put up with bad management. It felt great to leave under my own terms, and that was four years ago.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  243. Kevin from Jacksonville, FL

    As a recent college grad with the same restaurant job I had during my days in school, I've realized that beggars can't be choosers. I'm certainly not happier asking people how they want their burgers cooked with a degree in Political Science than I was a year ago. Yet, when I see the number of people asking me for applications by the day–people of all ages–I realize I have to suck it up. Better days will come.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  244. JJ

    I would be if I could get a JOB!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  245. Anne

    What job? Six weeks ago my husband was told he would be getting one of three promotions. On 8/3 he was laid off. He hears that the 90% of the employees at the company he was laid off from believe there is another layoff coming, and that morale is low and they aren't sure the place won't be shut down completely. They also suspect the company is outsourcing, replacing people with software and H1B visa employees and just using the economy as an excuse - it's had record profits for the past 5 years, including last year. They hadn't had a raise in six years until just before the election last year, and each year the % of the benefits they paid went up. Doubt the people still working there are really happy either - except maybe the highest paid 2-3.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  246. John

    I worked from the time I was 17 years old until shortly after my 33rd birthday last September. I always had a job and always was able to make my way. However, for most of the last year, its been the same old story, sorry we're not hiring, sorry you're overqualified, sorry you're underqualified, sorry I just hired my cousin because he needed a promotion, etc. Our wonderful government has been the cause of this sad state of affairs. When you tax the small and medium businesses out of the country, send millions of jobs out of the country for free trade, meanwhile decimating the former middle class, what do you have left. a bunch of unhappy people and frankly Americans can't afford much more of this.

    The current state of affairs is so bad that I know several people who are on the verge of losing their homes, their businesses, their jobs, etc. And the ones coming up to be the next vanguard are ending up working in retail, food services, and other low wage occupations. How do you build wealth with a low wage service economy. Oops, you don't. When there is all this talk about civil unrest and tea parties and upset people at Town Halls, why shouldn't the American people be tired of the gig when Congress walks home with their 170,000 pay checks and full medical benefits while millions of Americans are downwardly mobile due to a collapsing economy and social structure.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  247. Roswell Millee

    What job? I'm 62 and have been looking for 4 years as the Bush administration destroyed my retirement income. Age descrimination is alive and well in USA.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  248. John, Fort Collins,CO

    In this economic environment anyone who still has a job should be "happy". When there is not enough business to cover the payroll, the only choices for many businesses are layoffs or reduced hours. Anyone who has worked through tough times knows it is much harder to kill time with too little work than to be overloaded when busy. For all of you who remain employed, consider this: your company may be spending money they don't have in an attempt to hold onto their best talent.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  249. Mark

    Jack last year at this time I had a job but now I have nothing.I've filed for unemployment two months ago and still have'nt recieved one cent from up there and well the welfare system won't help because they say I should be getting my unemployment from Virginia.I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place and the company does'nt have any openings.Thats sounds funny I guess.But my family and small children sure does'nt think so especially since our little daughter just started school and our two year old needs things as well and we have no insurance as well.We sold everything to pay bills and we're loosing in that battle.But I'm sure glad that Mr Obama is having a good time.His economy plan is killing us and he still seems to tell us how good it is doing.Now he wants to fine us for not having insurance.I was a contractor up there on the military bases and was let go for voting for him!!! Funny how things turn out does'nt it Jack.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  250. jyll from Texas

    Yes, Jack....I absolutely love my job....I have been teaching for 40 years and I have loved every moment of it....and if I stay healthy, I plan on teaching for another 10 years......there's nothing like the look on a child's face when they have learned to read.........PRICELESS!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  251. Kathy

    I work part-time for a non-profit organization and love my job. I have fantastic co-workers and the work we do does make a difference in people's lives. I'll never get rich, but the satisfaction and the joy I have in going to work more than make up for the low salary.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  252. Elizabeth Gracen

    Hey there Jack,

    Am I as happy as I was a year ago? I am a small business owner who works 115 hours a week with 20 -23 employees. Let me see, I have cut my pay in half, have higher property taxes and loss of tenants on what I thought would someday be my retirement income, loss of retirement investments all around, and it looks like health care reform is going down the tubes (I pay 13,000 a year for health insurance and another 15,000 out of pocker) have employees who don't care about improving the business, even though some make up to 35,000 a year PART TIME, I cannot even find employees! I advertise for nights and weekends, so the first comment from most is "I need to work the day shift". SCREAM! When I have a new hire, they do not usually last more than one to two days. Not even a phone call to let me know they are quitting, just do not show up.hmmmm let me get back to you on that, two customers arguing over Fox or CNN being more biased! Life is fun.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  253. Michael


    I really like my job. Being on Soc. Sec. & working part time in the Social Services field helping mostly adult clients with mental retardation and similiar disabilities in the county and surrounding counties right now, I can't imagine leaving my job that I've had for 8 years. I just started my 9th year today.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  254. michael eggenberger

    No. In January my company filed for bancrupcy. They got federal bail out monet. The top dogs all got their milloins in bonuses that were reported to us. In May we were out out parts and supplies and had'nt had work for months. They owed the suppiers money. Many of the workers would hang around in the bathrooms out of site. Slowly they laid us off a few a week. may 15 was my last day. we never got raises, bonusesor anything else but shown the door to leave.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  255. Amber

    Getting screwed on bonuses, pay rises, working 2 other people's jobs since they wont backfill positions...but so glad the Bosses are coping 'ok' through this recession on the golf courses and in the 5 star restaurants on the company dime while the worker monkeys are backed into a corner just trying to make an honest wage and pay the mortgage.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  256. Francisco Pagan (New York)

    Jack, I am on the fence on this one. I enjoy the people I work with and the environment I work in. The issue is that I nor any of my fellow co-workers have been given a cost of living pay increase for about a year and a half. My job literally stopped all hiring, cut staff and stopped all raises. I live in New York, everything from the transit system to my phone bill is going up. At the same time no one else is hiring. At this point it doesn't matter about hating or loving my job, I really have no choice but to stay here. Its better then having no job.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  257. Barry

    While Safeway CEO is being praised for his health care, safeway hasn't given employees a raise in over two years and some 5 years. now there trying to push through a new contract that would cost employees an avg. of 800.00 a years less on their paychecks, and cut pensions. All this while he's getting a 40 million dollar bonus. Blows my mind that we let these people get away with this. Might as well start labor camps for the working people of the US because that's where we are anyway.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  258. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I was unhappy with my job when I retired and happy I missed the layoffs.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  259. Mike Jones

    Hell yeah I'm glad!!!!! Paying my bills & taking care of my family!!! Benefits are well!! Didn't think I would stay in law enforcement... But it seems that crime has been paying my bills!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  260. Gladys

    I am self-employed and having a hell of a time trying to stay in business.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  261. Dolores (Wis)

    I retired, but would rather be working. I worked as a Medical Lab Tech for 38 years. Those were the best days of my life. I always left work, proud of what I was able to do. I worked until I was 75 years old. Not, that I had to, but because I loved it.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  262. shawn, ky

    jack, with so many people looking for work, it didn't take long for employers to realize they have us all by the genitals. I don't see them loosening their grip any time soon, or atleast not until the economy turns.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  263. Fred

    I was unhappy a year ago and still am my company is makeing more money than they ever have and have cut wages so they can compete to here them tell it i say give me a break they have used these tough times to put more money in there pockets greed is a dirty thing

    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  264. Nicole

    I am happy with my job. Not so much with the company. I started just over a year ago when the company was thriving. Things have really gone down hill in the last few months. We have had numerous temporary lay-offs and a few permanent ones. Morale is dropping. On top of that, we are paid on incentive. The more we produce, the more we get paid. But when people are let go there are fewer of us to do the work so we are moved around the plant. When we are doing jobs we are not familiar with both speed and quality goes down. And the supervisor doesn't seem to understand this.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  265. Georgia Jones

    No, I am not as happy as I was a year ago. I stay in my job because I live in a small town and there is nothing else out there. For what I do I am paid well. I have been with the company for almost 4 years. Last January we got a new manager. I left a well paying job four years ago because he was my manager. A large number of the people I work for also came from the same company. We were either fired by him or left because we couldn't stand him. The day I saw him at my work I thought I would pass out! Now he is my manager again. In the first two weeks he was my new manager he tried to get me fired. He didn't suceed. I work very hard to keep a step ahead of him. I have seen good people go out the door for some real silly reasons. He went on vacation last week and the who company seemed to exhale. I take blood pressure medicine now because of the stress. If the economy improves, I will certainly try to move on. I have even thought about just getting in my car and driving to another state to get away and find another job, but of course that is not the answer. I am not alone in this I am sure there a millions of us now.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  266. Hard worker FLA

    Not at all as happy. Cutbacks – No raises. More work. Company has actually forced me to pay for supplies on the job....with my own money!! Cut Paid vacations cut back from 5 a year to 3 a year. What bothers me most- the higher ups are still sitting pretty darn comfortably- while the rest of us lose out- even on on something as simple as a CUP of Coffee!! (yes they removed the coffe!)
    Bring on changes – New gov't leaders- WE need IT!! after Bush in charge for 8 years! I can't even afford a vacation this year.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  267. zbeast

    well your asking this question a little late.
    After 9 months of nothing... the market for what I do for a living is
    picking up.. I'm getting about 2 call's a day for new positions.

    I do like my current job but don't like the pay. I'm making $40,000 less than I usually make for this same work. The upside the job is low stress. So i'm taking the time to learn skills for better paying job after the first of the year. I say thanks obama, the stimulus is working.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  268. mike tn

    most certaintly.living my dream. good pay and not much

    September 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  269. Frank Nardo

    I'm retired, but its getting to be just like the job I left, everything in my retirement is going south, I can't get health care insurance,(preexisting issues and no insur company wants to insur me) that was not want I had planned on, I now may have to go back to work, and I think you know how the job market is, and even if I got a job it would make me feel bad, because I'm sure there are people in more need of that job then me, what should I do? any idea's Jack?

    September 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  270. David L

    What job?? I've been unemployed now for 7 months now. I'd be happy to take a job, any job. I've given up expecting that I'll get any sort of a job that will be close to the pay I used to make, I'd be happy just find a job that would allow me to provide food for my children. The cars, the house, everything else is pretty much gone.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  271. Eduardo Arana

    I am SUPER happy, even doth I had a 2% pay cut, I give my company and extra effort for keeping us working and not been lay off.

    Arana E.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  272. Ralph - Joplin, MO

    If being retired counts as a job, I couldn't be happier!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  273. rob

    Yes i love my job.... going into Emergency Nursing.. you know something with a future..... endless people are always going to need help, not many layoffs in the healthcare field.. especially ER nursing... theres that rainbow and im sliding down it, towards the pot o gold...


    September 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  274. Sylvia

    If politicians started getting laid off, and salaries cut, you would see some serious scrambling to turn things around. As long as Washington does not have to live like 'normal' Americans, they will do nothing........and we will pay the tab.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  275. Kristine

    This is just a shift – that's all. Everyone has the power to create what they need. No longer can we rely on any employer or government to look after us. So let's get creative and move forward!

    September 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  276. Dennis

    NO pay freeze , hours cut insurance going up no security, yea I got a job ,but workers unemployment compensation for a year starting to sound not to bad

    September 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  277. Marie

    Stuck is what I feel. I finished my Master's degree with plans to move on to another career but then the tanking economy and a serious health problem put an end to that dream. I am lucky to have a job and the health insurance but I am doing more work with much less pay and an increasing amount of stress.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  278. Tosh

    My company's cut back on our compensations, retirement contributions, and many other incentives. But that doesn't bother me too much Jack, because I AM grateful I have a job. What's wrong is the constant fear that is put on you from the employer that you could be gone any day. Forcing employees to make unrealistic quotas, micromanaging every minute of your day, encouraging employees to deceive the public, and punishing or firing those that don't comply. And I thought banking was cut throat before, boy was I wrong.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  279. Teri

    My job is okay. Fortunate to have it. Don't like to be chained to it, because I need the health care. A public option sure would spure some entrepreneurial spirit in this country. Steve Forbes' money should be afraid.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm |