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The number of Americans who believe that this is a good time to get a quality job has fallen to less than half of where it was a year ago, according to a Gallup poll conducted April 6-9. Only 20 percent of those surveyed expressed a positive view of job prospects, down 6 points from last month and from 46 percent in April 2007. Those making less than $30,000 a year felt this most keenly, with those saying this was a good time for finding a quality job falling by almost half since last month. The decline was only 5 points in the $30,000 to $75,000 group, and there was no decline among those making over $75,000, although even in that group only 28 percent believe this was a good time for job-hunting. Fifty-four percent of those polled said they knew someone who had lost their job or been laid off in the last 6 months, and the Midwest was the region registering the highest percentage.

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