Workers' confidence in the economy fell to 51.1, marking its third consecutive dip in overall confidence levels, according to Randstad's latest Employee Confidence Index.

Specifically, concerns about the strength of the economy and job availability grew. Although the overall June Index fell by 2.1 points, it continues to be three points higher than this time last year, and employee perspectives regarding job availability of jobs and their employers' futures is mostly unchanged or slightly higher than in January. In fact, employee confidence in the ability to find a new job is up four points from January.

"These first six months of the year have certainly been different than what analysts and economists expected, with less job creation posted in the second quarter," says Joanie Ruge, senior vice president and chief employment analyst for Randstad Holding. "While the economy has unquestionably added jobs at a very modest pace, it is certainly interesting to see that workers remain confident about the stability of their current jobs, employers and ability to find employment.

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