According to a new survey published today, 61% of Europeans think that in terms of unemployment the worst of the economic crisis is still to come. Indeed a third of working people polled feel “very concerned” about losing their jobs due to the downturn.
28% percent of people however, think that the downturn has already reached its peak and 11% don’t know either way. The highest percentages of people who still feared unemployment were found in countries hardest hit by the downturn – Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Cyprus and Luxembourg. In Denmark and Sweden confidence was highest – 45 and 36% respectively think the worst of the crisis is past. Europeam Commission spokesperson Katharina von Schnurbein, talking about the survey at a press conference today, said “People tend to regard the general situation as difficult but they are rather confident when it comes to their own jobs. 80% says they are confident in their abilities to keep their jobs over the coming month, and that is only a fall of four percentage points in comparison to 2006.” Around 3.5% of Europeans have lost their jobs due to the economic crisis but 24% know a colleague who has lost their job and 36% know someone from among their friends or family who has been affected. More positively, 72% of people polled felt that the EU had a positive role on creating job opportunities and fighting unemployment.