President Barack Obama's job approval rating of 41% in November is down 12 points from the recent monthly high of 53% in December 2012. His largest declines were among Hispanics, lower-income Americans, nonwhites, and moderates.
The U.S. Payroll to Population employment rate (P2P) was steady at 43.7% in November. Unadjusted unemployment rose to 8.2% from 7.3%, matched by a decline in total part-time employment to 18.6% from 19.6%.
Underemployment in Europe's crisis-stricken south has climbed since 2009, affecting nearly 50% of young residents in 2013. These young people are also increasingly likely to say their standard of living is getting worse.
Daily U.S. consumer spending was $100 for Thanksgiving week, higher than spending for the month of November overall. This is also higher than previous Thanksgiving weeks, in part reflecting a general increase in spending this year.
Twenty-eight percent of uninsured Americans say they are more likely to pay the fine for not having health insurance than to obtain insurance, as required by the healthcare law. Politics appear to be a major factor in that decision.
Gallup's Economic Confidence Index averaged -25 in November, up from -35 in October, reflecting only a partial recovery from the index's level during the federal shutdown. Economic confidence increased last month across key subgroups.
Overall, 28% of Americans continue to say they are not familiar with the new healthcare law, little changed over the past three months. Americans younger than 30 are the least familiar with the law, as are those with lower incomes.
A quarter or more of residents in 20 countries rated their lives poorly enough last year to be considered "suffering." Those countries span most world regions, including six places in crisis-hit Europe.
Read about Americans' perceptions of the health law's effect, the growing popularity of online holiday shopping in the U.S., the region that leads the world in suffering, and more in this week's review.
In the U.S., 51% of adults want to lose weight, but half as many are seriously working toward that goal. Americans are still much more likely to classify their weight as "about right" than "overweight."
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