The percentage of American workers who believe the economy will improve in 2013 has risen by 11 percentage points, according to new research.
Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, Iowa, published this finding in a report, “Principal Financial Well-Being Index: American Workers.” Conducted by Harris Interactive New York, the report surveyed 1,103 American workers at small and mid-sized businesses with 10 to 1,000 workers, and is part of a series on the financial well-being of Americans released quarterly by the Principal Financial Group.
The survey reveals that 43 percent of workers anticipate economic improvements next year, up from just 32 percent last quarter.
Despite their confidence in the state of the economy in 2013, more employees (42 percent, up from 32 percent last quarter) are stressed about the economy. But significantly fewer workers (36 percent) are stressed about their personal finances, down from 42 percent last quarter, the report notes.
With the holiday season underway, many workers are adjusting their plans to accommodate tighter budgets, the report states.