Follow the link below for a series of really depressing graphs. Via Gallup,
Despite Improvements, Hope Declines
In September, 42% of the underemployed were hopeful they would find the work they desire in the next four weeks, a decline from August, despite the improvements in the employment numbers. Hope declined among both the unemployed and part-timers who want to work full time, and both percentages are lower than one year ago. The unemployed continue to be the more hopeful of the two groups that they will find the employment they desire. It is likely that this is partly because the unemployed are by definition actively seeking work, while part-timers who want full-time work may not be doing anything more than waiting for full-time positions to become available at their current employer, a situation that may spark less hope.