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News Summary: Survey finds confidence in jobs up

The Associated Press

POSITIVE SIGNS: The percentage of Americans who said it would be somewhat or very easy to find a job if they lost theirs rose to 54 percent last year from 2010's 46 percent — the lowest since 1983, according to the 2012 General Social Survey.

LESS FEAR: Just 11 percent of adults thought it was somewhat or very likely that they'd lose their job, down from a record-high 16 percent in 2010, matching the average for the survey, conducted roughly every two years since 1972.

ECONOMIC BENEFIT: Greater confidence among workers could encourage more consumer spending and boost economic growth.