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|September 8, 2010|
Workers who found new jobs after being laid off during the recession report feeling more overqualified than workers who kept their jobs.
Furthermore, nearly a third of all employed workers experienced a job loss since the recession began in December 2007, according to a new survey released by the Pew Research Center.
According to the survey results, more than half (54 percent) of workers who lost their jobs and found new work during the recession say they are overqualified for their current position. A little more than a third (39 percent) of workers who were not laid off during the recession stated they felt overqualified.
In addition, the survey found that only about a third (39 percent) of the workers who had to find new jobs reported that they got a sense of identity from their current work — compared to more than half (53 percent) of the workers who never lost their job.
Bigger questions remain unanswered, such as how satisfied people are with their work, how loyal workers are to their employers, and whether people plan to do anything to change their opinions about being overqualified (and perhaps bored and unfulfilled) once the job market begins to improve more significantly.
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