U.S. health care workers are unsure whether they're likely to search for new employment; however, they're more confident that they could find new jobs if necessary, according to third-quarter findings from the Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index.

Specifically, the survey finds overall employee confidence dropped 0.5 points to 53.4 in the third quarter.

"Despite a slight decrease among a few of the confidence measures, such as intentions to seek new employment and overall strength of the economy, the health care industry remains one of the fastest growing sectors," says Steve McMahan, executive vice president of Randstad US, Professionals. "The reality is that health care jobs will be in high demand for many years to come due to an aging population, health care reform and technological advances. We believe the moderate dampening of confidence levels this quarter may be largely attributed to recent economic headlines looming around the potential fiscal cliff and stock market volatility."

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