According to a survey involving 11,000 people in 23 different countries, unemployment is the world’s fastest-rising fear.
The poll, called The World Speaks, is conducted annually. It gave people a list of concerns, asking which issues they had discussed with their friends or family within the last month.
Corruption and poverty ranked the highest on the list, as they traditionally do. However, unemployment was discussed by 18% of people in this year’s survey, which is 6 times the rate in 2009.
This growth in unemployment concern took place among all countries surveyed, with nearly a quarter having discussed the topic in some form within the past month.
However, the number of people worried about joblessness or impending redundancy varied widely from country to country. In Spain, a whopping 54% of people said that they had discussed unemployment recently, marking a 33% increase from last year’s poll.
These figures come as no surprise, as the debt situation in Spain is spurring on the eurozone crisis. Spain also has the highest youth unemployment rate in Europe, with more than 40% of young people unable to find jobs.
Ghana, Mexico, Nigeria, and Turkey were among other countries which held unemployment as a particular concern. 33% or more had said that they had discussed unemployment recently in all 4 countries.
Sensibly, the World Speaks survey also found wide variation between what issues people find most important in different regions.
Wealthy nations with developed economies such as the US, France, and Japan all stated that the global economy has been a main talking point in the last 4 weeks.
Contrastingly, Turkey, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Peru all listed corruption as the most frequently discussed issue.
Another group of developing countries, such as China, Russia, Kenya, and the Philippines, said that the rising prices of food and energy have been a mainstay topic of conversation.
Throughout Latin America, surveyors found that people worried more about crime and violence in addition to poverty and unemployment.
Though climate change has typically featured higher on the list of concerns in developed countries, the issue has slipped down the rankings almost everywhere in this year’s survey.
Though global warming was the most talked about issue in 10 nations last year, this year it topped the charts in only Britain and Germany.