Saving for Future Remains Top Concern for Workers

When asked what most concerns them in the long-term future, two in five (41%) surveyed workers expressed concern over saving for retirement, their child's education, or other large, future expenses.

Other financial concerns cited include worrying about how their family will be cared for (19%), paying bills (14%), their health (12%), losing their job (7%), or a lack of job mobility (4%), according to a survey from job Web site

Mirroring last year’s findings, the economy still is considered by most (56%) to be the number one issue facing America today, followed by health care (15%), immigration (6%), the war (6%), the environment (5%), terrorism (5%), and the housing market (3%), according to the Labor Happiness Index.

Most survey respondents (56%) believe that the economic climate has stabilized but not yet begun to improve, but more than a third of workers (36%) fear that the worst is yet to come. Only 4% think the economy has turned the corner.

The index found that more than half (58%) of workers said they are happy on the job. That is 7% fewer than the number who reported being happy on the job in 2008.

However, said, in a climate where many have lost their jobs, only one in four (24%) respondents said their happiness is based on the fact they are employed, while 41% indicated they are happy that their jobs give them personal satisfaction or suit their lifestyle.

The survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs among more than 1,000 salaried and hourly employees across the U.S.