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January 5th, 2010
08:48 AM ET

Are You Happy or Unhappy at Work?

From Executive Producer Cari Hernandez

According to a new survey, only 45% of Americans are satisfied with their work. That’s the lowest level ever recorded by the Conference Board Consumer Research group, in the more than 22 years it has studied the issue.

Researchers say the number of unhappy workers has increased for a variety of reasons:

- Fewer workers consider their jobs to be interesting.

- Incomes have not kept up with inflation.

- The soaring cost of health insurance has eaten into workers' take-home pay.

Economists say that if the job satisfaction trend is not reversed, it could stifle innovation and hurt America's competitiveness and productivity.

We want to know what you think about this study.

Tell us why you are happy or unhappy with your job.

Post your comments and Heidi will read some of them in the 10a hour of the newsroom.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
January 5th, 2010
08:20 AM ET

Can the Government Count on You?

The nation’s once-a-decade head count is officially under way. The Census Bureau’s campaign kicked off yesterday.

The goal: to gather information on the nation’s more than 300 million residents. In 2000 about 67% of households mailed back their forms.

Look for the 10-question form in a mailbox near you come March. If you don’t respond you will get a follow-up postcard. Those who still don’t respond will get a personal visit sometime around May.

So we want to hear from you. Take our quick vote and let us know if you plan to fill out the questionnaire. Let us know why or why not.

Will you fill out the Census Bureau questionnaire?

We’ll share the results and your comments in the CNN Newsroom, 11am — 1pm ET.

Filed under: Tony Harris