Despite recent mixed economic data, many accounting and finance professionals report confidence in their personal situation and in the economy, according to a recent survey by staffing group Spherion Corp.

The quarterly Accounting and Finance Employment Report, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 43 percent of accounting and finance workers believe the economy is getting stronger, compared to only 24 percent of workers overall.

In addition, many accounting and finance workers report confidence in job availability and in their ease of securing employment. More than a quarter of surveyed adult workers in the accounting and finance profession believe more jobs are available, compared to 20 percent of general adult workers. In addition, 68 percent of accounting and finance workers are confident in their ability to find a new job, versus 58 percent of workers as a whole.

"The accounting and finance professions have not escaped the effects of the impending labor shortage, making it difficult for companies to find quality talent to fill those positions," said the president of Spherion Professional Services, Eric Archer, in a statement. "These trends are no doubt influencing the high percentage of accounting and finance workers who are confident in both their ability to find a new job and positive perception of the strength of the economy. In their world, things are looking up, way up."

The results of the entire survey are available at www.spherion.com.

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