According to the Randstad Employee Confidence Index, worker confidence hit 52.4 percent in January, a jump from 47.4 percent in December, marking the biggest climb of the survey's history.

The research, which measures workers' confidence in their personal employment situation and optimism in the economic environment, also finds that workers' macroeconomic confidence grew 8.5 points this month to 40.1 percent.

"Economists' expectation of a stronger and more stable U.S. job market created a strong jump start for this first Employee Confidence Index of 2012," says Joanie Ruge, senior vice president and chief employment analyst of Randstad Holding US. "We remain very encouraged that our latest U.S. Employee Confidence Index rose five points — the biggest increase since the survey began over seven years ago. Coupled with this strong report, January U.S. payrolls surpassed estimates with employers adding 243,000 jobs.

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