Believe they'll get a pay raise, see job growth.
Despite high unemployment, U.S. workers appear more optimistic about 2013, with nearly six in ten believing they'll get a bump in pay or see job growth.
Nearly half of those surveyed by human resources services firm Randstad think their company will begin hiring more people, and thirty percent believe they're due for a promotion.
Manpower's Ron Griffin says some economic indicators support that belief.
"I think we're seeing growth in areas like retail, hospitality and construction," Griffin tells KTRH News. "That usually means there's more people spending money, there's growth coming in the overall economy, and that's especially true in the Texas area."
Griffin says much of the optimism comes from those forced to take a less desirable job, but they're making the best of it now.
"Continue to prove your worth and your value at your company," he says. "If you are looking for new opportunities, the timing is good at the beginning of the year when the outlook is more positive."
Forty-seven percent say they plan to explore their options in 2013.