Toy house and rolls of money Hourly workers, living nearer the bottom of the wage scale, are understandably worried about day-to-day expenses. Nearly 60 percent listed home/rent affordability as their top financial concern. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new survey of hourly workers finds them desiring higher wages, but generally optimistic about their job prospects. The study of more than 3,000 hourly employees was conducted by Branch, a technology platform that provides services such as pay advances through its app. The inaugural Branch Report was designed to gather information on financial, work and lifestyle interests of hourly workers in industries such as retail, food, and health care.

Branch researchers found that nearly 70 percent (69.4) of workers said they were optimistic about their job prospects, even though they were less positive about the economy overall—50.1 percent expressed optimism about the economy.

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