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Underemployed Americans are significantly more likely to be "struggling" and are about twice as likely to experience sadness and anger than those who are employed.
Among Americans who are underemployed, 61% are not hopeful they will find a job in the next month while 39% are hopeful. Hopeful and not hopeful job seekers differ on a number of key indicators, including demographics and attitudes toward money.
Among the 52 largest metropolitan areas that Gallup surveyed in America, wellbeing is highest in San Jose, Calif., and Washington, D.C., and lowest in Las Vegas.
The Gallup Center on Black Voices will launch its Jobs and Work series next week, detailing Black employees' experiences at work.
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