October 14, 2008 / 9:53 PM / 10 years ago

Job security worries nearly half U.S. workers: survey

Customers share conversation at The Warrior Hut on Main Street in Honey Grove, Texas October 8, 2008. Owner Ron Ristau, who opened the Warrior Hut on August 21, 2008 says that he's almost doubled business since opening but is still worried about business slowing down at least 15 to 20 percent each day. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly half the U.S. workers polled in a survey released on Tuesday said they were worried their jobs are at risk amid the current economic crisis.

With job fears in mind, 25 percent said they were scanning help-wanted ads or updating their resumes, according to the survey commissioned by Workplace Options, a provider of work-life employee benefits based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said news of the financial crisis made them fear for their jobs, the survey said, and 53 percent said they were not concerned about their job security.

The same number, 53 percent, said they were cutting back on spending due to concerns about the financial crisis.

The survey was the first about job security in the current economic crisis commissioned by the company, and responses to the crisis and job security have not been regularly tracked by the company in previous surveys.

The nationwide survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling on September 26 and 27. It polled 452 working adults in the United States and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; editing by Mohammad Zargham

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