May 7, 2007 -- Following declines in recent months, employees became more optimistic in the economy in April, according to a new survey.

Of more than 3,000 working adults polled nationwide, 19 percent said they felt the economy was gaining strength, up from 17 percent in March, according to Spherion, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based recruiting firm.

Sixty-six percent said they were confident about the future of their current employer, up from 63 percent. While 78 percent of employees polled said they are unlikely to lose their jobs in the year ahead, 35 percent said they are planning to look for new jobs in the next 12 months.

"Though the overall outlook has improving in recent weeks, workers are still feeling the economic affects of the housing decline and higher prices for food and fuel," Spherion CEO Roy Krause said in a statement. "The one area that the vast majority of workers continue to feel secure is in their current jobs."

Krause said growing confidence in the labor market was being driven continued job growth and low unemployment rates.

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Published on: May 7, 2007