Bloomberg by the Numbers: 25

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Contractors at a construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

That’s the percentage of Americans who say it’s a good time to find a quality job, according to Gallup.

That’s the highest share measured by Gallup on that question since March 2008, before a credit crisis took hold that drove unemployment up and consumer confidence down. The percentage of people who said it’s a good time to find a quality job was 8 percent in November 2009 and November 2011.

Political ideology may influence perceptions about the economy. In the most recent Gallup survey, conducted Jan. 7-10, 12 percent of Republicans said it’s a good time to find a quality job, compared with 29 percent of independents and 33 percent of Democrats.

The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in December.

 

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