Americans are pumped about their job prospects.

The reason: They feel that in the new and booming economy, this is the best time to look for employment in years.

In fact, according to Gallup, workers are over twice as encouraged about landing a new job as they were just five years ago.

Gallup just reported:

According to Gallup's 2017 State of the American Workplace report, 51 percent of currently employed adults in the U.S. say they are searching for new jobs or watching for new job opportunities. What's more, they are optimistic about their chances: 47 percent of workers say now is a good time to find a quality job.

It hasn't always been this way. In 2012, only 19 percent of the American public agreed that it was a good time to find a quality job. In short, employees today believe a better job is out there waiting for them -- and 1 in 2 is looking.

Gallup said that so many workers are looking at new jobs becoming available that employers employers need to find a way to keep them. Because 91 percent who said they found a new job said it was with another company. Gallup's even got a term for the retention process: “Re-recruiting” the stars in the office.

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