Obama wins; job seekers hopeful the economy and job market will improve as a result of the election

PHILADELPHIA — October 27, 2008 — According to Beyond.com, Inc., the world’s largest network of niche career communities consisting of thousands of sites, job seekers know who they are voting for in the upcoming election and it clearly indicates a change of office. More than 53 percent of job seekers are voting for Senator Barack Obama, according to a recent poll conducted by Beyond.com of more than 38,000 professionals. The race isn’t even close, with only 33 percent voting for Senator John McCain, 8 percent undecided and 6 percent not voting at all.

Everyone in America is feeling the pressure of the economic crisis, especially job seekers that are currently looking for a job during a time when no one is hiring and the national unemployment rate is on the rise. As the economy continues to decline, job seekers are realizing the need for change, and are putting their faith in Barack Obama to help revitalize the economy and stabilize the job market. In a previous poll, Beyond.com reported 86 percent of professionals believe that the economy and job market will improve as a result of the 2008 Presidential election.

“Job seekers have a lot at stake with the upcoming election, and are taking a stance on which Presidential candidate would be the best leader for America,” says Rich Milgram, CEO of Beyond.com. “There is no question in anyone’s mind that change is what our country needs to pull through this economic recession, which is why the majority of job seekers are voting for Obama in the hopes that it will help improve the economy and get them back to work as soon as possible.”

About Beyond.com, Inc.
Beyond.com is the world’s largest network of niche career communities, powering thousands of geographic and industry-specific sites. We are dedicated to helping business professionals, corporations and vertical communities connect with each other by providing relevant career search services, networking tools and portal software solutions. Beyond.com was named to Inc. Magazine’s prestigious ‘Inc. 500’ list of the fastest growing private companies and is a Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) partner company. www.Beyond.com. Visit our recruitment blog at www.EmploymentMetrix.com.

Tara Berger
Marketing & Communications Associate
Beyond.com, Inc.

Jeffrey Dillow
Account Manager
PAN Communications

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OK - I'll take the bait. We've only got a week to go so this kind of stuff is to be expected.

I hardly believe a survey of 38,000 unemployed people is the best indicator of our upcoming election outcome. Do you - really?

I can see why many of the unemployed are interested in "spreading the wealth" and quite a few would be eager for a direct check written from the US Treasury - but we simply can not afford it.

The problem we as a country are facing is quite clear: there are more people interested in what others have than creating their own path.

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