Engagement among American workers is improving a bit. Still, more than half of workers who responded to a Gallup poll on engagement described themselves as essentially not fully engaged in their job.

Gallup got input from more than 80,000 U.S. working adults. Below are the results, with last year's in parentheses:

  • Engaged: 31.5 percent (29.6 percent)
  • Not engaged: 51 percent (51.5 percent)
  • Actively disengaged: 17.5 percent (18.8 percent)

Gallup said the 31.5 percent is the highest level of engagement it's found since it began asking engagement questions in 2000. And, it noted, "The 1.9 percent increase in engagement from 2013 to 2014 represents 2.5 million employees nationwide."

Millennials are the least engaged by age bracket, at 28.9 percent, while older workers reported an average engagement level of 42.2 percent.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.