Global optimism about the job market has reached its highest point in seven years, according to a recent report from Nielsen.

Half of consumers surveyed in the second quarter of 2014 say they think their local job market will be good or excellent in the upcoming year, a 1 percentage point increase from the first quarter of 2014.

That slight increase was just enough of a bump to put confidence in the job market at the 2007 pre-recession outlook level of 50%.

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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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