In These 11 European Nations, People Are Incredibly Pessimistic About Their Future Employment

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Last year, Eurostat measured how Europeans perceive the current recession and its social impact by interviewing 1,000 in each of the 27 EU countries. One of the questions they asked was how citizens viewed the employment situation in their countries, and whether they thought the situation would improve over the next year. The majority of responses were negative, showing that despite recent improvements, most Europeans were pessimistic about jobs.

Given the state of youth unemployment on the continent, we’re not surprised.

The survey for the future outlook uses a ‘better-worse index’, ranging from -100 to +100. A positive score means the proportion of people who believe things will get better outweighs the proportion of those who think things will get worse. 

11 - Spain

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -16

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10 - Slovakia

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -17

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9 - Hungary

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -26

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8 - The UK

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -27

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7 - Czech Republic

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -32

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6 - Romania

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -39

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5 - Republic of Ireland

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -44

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4 - Slovenia

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -44

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3 - Republic of Cyprus

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -49

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2 - Portugal

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -64

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1 - Greece

'Expectations for the coming 12 months' score: -83

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