Accounting and finance workers are slightly more optimistic about their jobs and the overall economy, according to a quarterly survey commissioned by recruitment company Spherion and conducted by Harris Interactive.

The Accounting and Finance Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. accounting and finance workers, rose 1.1 points to 64 in the second quarter of 2007. The survey found that 28 percent of accounting and finance workers believe the economy is strengthening. That’s a 1 percentage point increase over the 27 percent who agreed with that sentiment in the first quarter of the year.

More accounting and finance workers are also confident about job availability. The survey showed a 2 percentage point rise in the second quarter, with 34 percent of workers expressing confidence in their ability to find a new job.

Seventy-nine percent of the 484 accounting and finance workers surveyed do not think they will lose their jobs in the next year, but that’s down 2 percentage points from last quarter’s survey.

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