Results from a new survey suggest that Americans are more satisfied with the state of their personal finances today than at any point since 2006. They’re doing great in the stock market, jobs are plentiful, and prices of everyday goods have been relatively steady. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), which conducts the survey, says Americans “are feeling more financial pleasure than pain.”
If you personally aren’t feeling the same way, it may be because many of those plentiful jobs are in low-paying sectors such as hospitality and foodservice. Or, it may be because you don’t have the skills for the higher-paying jobs that are available. The AICPA notes that employers in many industries such as information technology and financial services have jobs to fill but can’t find workers who fit their needs.