LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The employment market is the strongest it has been in six years. Experts predict that this will lead to workers making a job jump sometime this year.
Chris Perez is hoping the new year will bring him a new job.
"I have a job, but I am looking for something that pays more or that I can advance faster in." Perez said.
Perez has worked in construction for a number of years
"I joined my current company about six months ago," Perez said.
The Lufkin man isn't the only one looking for a job. According to a survey by career management experts Right Management, 86 percent of Americans plan to actively look for a new job this year.
Right Management surveyed 871 employees in the U.S. and Canada via an online poll
John Riley with Workforce Solution said the rapidly improving job market and strong economy has given people a new found confidence.
"During a recession, people just want to find job to make money or make ends meet," said Riley. "So they tend to go towards jobs that are less stable."
"When I started looking for a job six months ago, I was looking for anything that would pay me," Perez said. "I was just trying to get on track. Now I am looking for something more stable, more for the future."
Riley said that there has been a lot of job growth in deep East Texas.
"The three area's in deep East Texas that are growing are health care, construction and manufacturing." Riley said.
Perez said he has seen a lot of opportunities during his job search.
"It's a lot different now than six months ago. I have been seeing a lot more employers posting jobs." Perez said.
According to a poll by Challenger Gray and Christmas, three quarters of human resource executives said they are struggling to fill open positions.
"I think every person should look and see what's out there, whether they have a job or not. So they know what's out there." Perez said.