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The week's buzz: Job worries, bad jobs and taxes

Many Americans think the biggest problem facing the country is employment: Despite Friday’s news that some jobs were created in September, there just aren’t enough jobs to go around.In a post this week about two polls showing that the weak economy is increasing jitters about employment, 4 in 10 readers said they were more worried about losing their job than six months ago.Even those readers wh

Many Americans think the biggest problem facing the country is employment: Despite Friday’s news that some jobs were created in September, there just aren’t enough jobs to go around.

In a post this week about two polls showing that the weak economy is increasing jitters about employment, 4 in 10 readers said they were more worried about losing their job than six months ago.

Even those readers who said they weren’t worried about losing their jobs had other things to fret about.

“I've got good job security, but I'm getting less hours lately. That is what worries me,” one reader wrote.

On the other hand, some Americans may feel like their biggest problem is the job they have now.

In another popular post this week, we detailed the travails of workers at a convenience store in Iowa whose boss decided to have a contest to see who would next be fired. The prize for correctly guessing which of your colleagues would next be out of a job: $10.

A judge ruled that this was evidence of a hostile work environment, and most readers seemed to agree.

“Aren't you glad that you don't work at a place like this?” one reader wrote.

Another said: “Have to love those 'job creators'! I think he must need a tax break.”

Funny you should mention taxes. This week, readers also had lots to say about a poll showing that many wealthy people agree with raising taxes on the very wealthy, although they were less enthusiastic about raising taxes on people making $250,000 or more a year.

Raising taxes on wealthy taxpayers is one part of President Barack Obama’s proposal for dealing with the deficit.

Nearly 13,000 readers voted in our poll, and most agreed with raising taxes on at least some wealthy taxpayers.

“Absolutely, no question about it. If you are blessed to be able to make >$250K, then your country can use your help,” one reader wrote.

On our Today Money Facebook page, many readers said they were most worried about closing tax loopholes.

Also this week, Today Money financial expert Sharon Epperson dropped in for a chat. Her advice to people juggling student loans and retirement plans: Don’t neglect either.