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    Americans Unhappier with Work, Survey Finds

    BOSTON - A national survey conducted by New York-based Conference Board has found that workers in many parts of the country are growing more unhappy with their jobs, The Associated Press reports.

    BOSTON - A national survey conducted by New York-based Conference Board has found that workers in many parts of the country are growing more unhappy with their jobs, The Associated Press reports.

    Only 51 percent of the 5,000 people surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs, compared with 59 percent in 1995. The mail survey was conducted in March.

    While most Americans said their jobs were interesting and seemed satisfied with their commutes, only one worker in five was satisfied with their companies' promotion policy and bonus plans, while nearly two in five were content with their wages.

    Job satisfaction in the northern Midwest, Prairie and south central states -- Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi -- has dropped below 50 percent since 1995. But it was lowest in New England at only 44 percent, compared with 56 percent in 2000 and 65 percent in seven years ago.

    Job satisfaction was highest in Rocky Mountain states, although the percentage dropped from 63 percent in 1995 to 57 percent this year.

    The survey found that job satisfaction increased with income levels, but even among higher-earning households it dropped from 67 percent in 1995 to 55 percent in 2000 and again this year.

    Less than 48 percent of people aged 35 to 44 were satisfied with their work, compared with nearly 61 percent in 1995. The most satisfied age groups were those under 25 and over 65.

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