Editor's Note: Gallup re-estimated its Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and Life Evaluation Index data from January 2008 to April 2009 to address context effects that Gallup discovered after the data were originally published.
Job-market conditions nationwide remained weak in November. The South continues to be much stronger than other regions while the West is not only worst off, but is deteriorating.
In every world region, people who say their employer is letting workers go are less likely to be "thriving" and report less favorable moods than those who say their employer is hiring. The effects are most dramatic in the Americas.
Gallup finds 10% of Americans feeling that now is a "good time" to find a quality job, showing no improvement since February, and well below most of 2008. Job-market conditions have improved in every region except the South compared to earlier this year, but are still much worse than a year ago.
Despite its storied history and recent gains, the U.S. manufacturing sector is struggling to build engaging workplace cultures.
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