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Ohio Employment Report: Employee Confidence Index Decreases Slightly; More Workers Confident in Future of Current Employer
Feb 29, 2008 (10:02 AM EST)


COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Employee Confidence Index decreased 0.7 points to 48.8 in January, according to the Spherion(R) Employment Report. The monthly survey conducted by Harris Interactive(R) on behalf of Spherion Corporation, shows that despite workers' apprehension about the strength of the economy, they are more confident in the future of their current employer.

Results from the Ohio Employment Report: -- Two-thirds (67 percent) of workers believe the economy is getting weaker, an increase of 15 percentage points from December. -- Sixty-three percent of workers are confident in the future of their current employer, up six percentage points from the previous month. -- Four out of five (80 percent) workers believe that it is not likely they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months, an increase of 13 percentage points from December.

"With the credit crisis and ongoing turmoil in the housing industry, it isn't completely unexpected that these factors would influence worker's overall confidence in the economy," said Robert Schulte, Spherion franchise owner in Ohio. "However, the Ohio labor market remains steady and we continue to see notable gains in Ethanol-related industries and in business and professional services. While the majority of Ohio workers surveyed are reporting confidence in the future of their current employer and believe it is unlikely they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months, workers with the right skill sets looking for a job change continue to have multiple opportunities."

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About Spherion

Spherion Corporation is a leading recruiting and staffing company that provides integrated solutions to meet the evolving needs of companies and job candidates. As an industry pioneer for more than 60 years, Spherion has sourced, screened and placed millions of individuals in temporary, temp-to- hire and full-time jobs.

With approximately 700 locations in the United States and Canada, Spherion delivers innovative workforce solutions that improve business performance. Spherion provides its services to more than 8,000 customers, from Fortune 500 companies to a wide range of small and mid-size organizations. Employing more than 300,000 people annually through its network, Spherion is one of North America's largest employers. Spherion operates under the following brands: Spherion Staffing Services Group for administrative, clerical and light industrial workers; Technisource for technology professionals and solutions; The Mergis Group for accounting and finance and other professional positions;

Todays Staffing for specialty administrative personnel; and Spherion Recruitment Process Outsourcing. To learn more, visit www.spherion.com .

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