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Most Americans still hate their jobs

If your workday feels like a real-life version of Office Space, you're not alone. Less than half of all Americans were satisfied with their jobs last year, according to a new report from the Conference Board.

Only 47.7 percent of workers were pleased with their jobs in 2013, up a tick from 47.3 percent the year before, and a marked improvement from the 42.6 percent who felt that way amid the depths of the recession in 2010. Still, Americans' level of satisfaction hasn't topped the 50 percent mark in a decade.

Moreover, in another sign of why Democrats are placing a renewed focus on income inequality, the survey found the satisfaction gap between high-income and low-income workers widening. Hence, the report warns that dissatisfaction will remain high "until we see improvements in worker compensation, which has grown abysmally in recent years despite historically high corporate profits."