U.S. workers with only a high-school education or less continue to fall further behind, a New York Federal Reserve consumer survey showed.
The expectation of being able to replace a lost job declined to 38.9% in September, the lowest reading since April 2014, the report released Monday showed. That compares with more than 48% for people with at least some college and more than 50% for those with a bachelor’s degree.
The least educated expected their one-year earnings growth to be just 1%, the lowest since the survey started in June 2013. Those with at least some college expected double that amount.
Less-educated workers don’t think they can relocate to areas where employment prospects might be brighter, according to the survey. That led to the largest gap in two years in moving expectations between the least educated and those with a college degree.
Low savings rates also are expected among the least educated, the Fed data showed.
The Fed’s survey of consumer expectations questions a rotating panel of 1,300 household heads across the U.S. Respondents participate in the panel for up to 12 months, with a roughly equal number rotating in and out of the panel each month.