Unemployment is the Biggest Global Fear
With the global recession showing few signs of improving unemployment is perhaps not surprisingly the major concern of people around the world.
That is the finding of some new research by BBC World Service. The survey asked 11,000 people from 23 countries to pick their worst fear from a list of concerns.
Whilst corruption and poverty remained major concerns, by far the fastest growing concern was around unemployment. 18% ranked unemployment as their biggest concern, which is 6 times more than in 2009 when the survey first began.
Fear of unemployment was an issue around the world, with nearly 25% of respondents having discussed it in the last week.
Spain topped the league table, with 54% of Spaniards having discussed unemployment in the last week. This is not surprising as the country has the highest youth unemployment in the eurozone. The figure currently stands at a whopping 40%.
Other countries considerably concerned by unemployment included Nigeria, Turkey, Ghana and Mexico.
Other issues to emerge were extreme poverty, inflation and corruption. However global warming has slipped from the radar around the world, with the issue only really registering in Germany and Britain.
What is your biggest current concern?