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The Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM: American Workers

American workers are feeling more confident in the economy, saving on gas and getting ready for their tax refunds, according to new research from The Principal Knowledge Center.

Feelin' good

  • 34% (up from 27% last year) feel optimistic about the economy
  • Only 11% (down from 16%) are pessimistic about the economic outlook

Tax time

  • 66% are expecting a tax refund, and over half (53%) are planning to save or invest it
  • 18% are planning to spend their refund on consumer goods, up from 13% last year

Saving at the pump

  • 52% are saving more than $50 on gas
  • 31% say they're spending the money they're saving to pay down debt

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NEW! April 2015 research on American Workers:

Fourth quarter 2014 research on American Workers:

The Principal Financial Well-Being Index: American Workers survey was conducted online within the United States on the Principal Financial Group's behalf by Harris Poll between February 9 and February 17, 2015 among 1,111 employees. This is one in a series of quarterly studies to identify and track changes in the workplace of small and mid-sized (growing) businesses. The first Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM survey was conducted in the United States in 2000.

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