Here’s a graphic from a Pew survey released today to follow up on my question earlier about why — if Minnesota now is only 1,000 jobs away from the most its ever had — doesn’t it feel so heady?
It shows that our optimism for our economic future is declining
A year ago, about four-in-ten in all family income groups said they expected the economy to improve over the next year. Today, just 23% of those with incomes of $75,000 or more expect economic conditions to be better a year from now, as do 21% of those with incomes of between $30,000 and $75,000 and 31% of those with family incomes of less than $30,000.
Curiously, a year ago, the level of optimism was the same among all income groups. Now, the survey shows, the most optimistic group are people who make under $30,000 a year. But at the same time, the income group is also the most pessimistic.
And, the survey shows, the one area of economic life that has people most worried: their job.