American workers are more downbeat than ever about their prospects for retirement, a new study has found. But that also means they are starting to realize how bad their financial condition is.
Confirming the findings of other recent research, a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found workers growing increasingly doubtful about their ability to finance comfortable retirements. The results were released Tuesday.
The percentage of workers describing themselves as "not at all comfortable" about their retirement outlook jumped to 27% from 22% a year ago. Only 13% are "very confident." Both figures in the latest results were the worst in the survey's 21-year history.
About 6 in 10 workers say they're stashing away money for retirement, but 56% of those have accumulated less than $25,000, excluding their homes and traditional pensions.