Job confidence grows in Seattle

Eighty-three percent of Seattle workers are at least somewhat confident in their careers while only a small number feel concerned, according to a recent survey by public relations firm Weber Shandwick and KRC Research.

The survey, State of Seattle, finds that few residents report being in better shape financially compared to 2010; however, 66 percent of respondents are more optimistic about their finances for 2012 and even as far as five years from now. Respondents say the health care and technology industries could see the most growth over the next five to ten years.

Starbucks, at 93 percent; Microsoft, at 92 percent; and Boeing, 89 percent, top the list of organizations associated with Seattle, though Amazon, at 76 percent; Costco, at 66 percent; and Expedia, at 29 percent, experienced growth from 2010’s survey.

Forty-five percent of respondents say Seattle's best days are on the horizon, with 74 percent of respondents saying Seattle will significantly affect the U.S.’s economy, technological advancements, culture and sports over the next 50 years. Another 48 percent of Americans agree.

"Our second annual survey underscores the positive spirit and resiliency residents have about the future of Seattle, even in challenging economic times," says Tim Fry, general manager of Weber Shandwick Seattle. "Innovations in technology and advancements in health care will create exciting opportunities and shape the next chapter of Seattle's story."

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