WASHINGTON (March 20, 2013)--America's lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep recession from 2007 to 2009, but few are finding much reason for optimism, a new survey finds.
The survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that those earning $35,000 or less annually are generally pessimistic about their finances and career prospects and many consider themselves to be worse off now than they were during the recession.
The survey reveals that many people at the lowest rung in the workplace view their jobs as a dead end.
Half say they are "not too" or "not at all" confident that their current jobs will help them achieve long-term career goals.
Only 41 percent of workers at the same place for more than a decade report ever receiving a promotion.