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Poll: Almost Half of Unemployed Have ‘Completely Given Up’ on Looking for Job

A new survey finds that even though one out of two unemployed Americans are increasingly giving up on looking for a job, nearly all of them remain hopeful that they will find a job they “really want” in the next six months.

Forty-seven percent say they agree, to some degree, with the statement, “I’ve completely given up on looking for a job,” according to a new poll from Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing company.

That percentage closely mirrors the 46 percent of respondents who said there are no available jobs, as well as those who have not had a job interview in the past month. Meanwhile, one out of four (23 percent) said their most recent job interview was in 2012 or before.

Yet, despite the seemingly despairing situation, 91 percent are still confident they will find work by responding, “I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months.”

In almost all cases though, nearly or more than half of respondents are “not at all willing” to either relocate to a new city/town (44 percent) or state (60 percent), or to go back to school for training in new skills to make themselves more marketable (64 percent).

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