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Three Quarters of Lebanese Were Pessimistic About Local Job Market in 2011

A survey conducted by opinion polling and consulting firm Gallup on the job situation in 146 countries worldwide shows that 18% of respondents

in Lebanon believed that last year was a "good year" to find a job in Lebanon, compared to 33% of adults worldwide who shared similar views about their economy and relative to 28% of adults in the Middle East and North Africa who considered that last year was a "good year" to find job in their country.

The share of Lebanese who thought that last year was a "good year" to find a job in their country was the 38th lowest worldwide, similar to the share of respondents in Azerbaijan, Iraq and Pakistan, as repored by Lebanon This Week, Byblos Bank newsletter.

 

It was also the fourth lowest percentage among 19 Arab countries included in the survey, as 13% of adults in Palestine had similar opinions about the sta- tus of their domestic job market, 10% of adults in Yemen thought that last year was a "good year" to find a local job, and 9% of Egyptians shared a similar view about the job market in their economy. Globally, participants in Saudi Arabia and Oman had the highest level of optimism about the job market in their economy with 69% of residents in each country stating that last year was a "good year" to find a job, followed by Panama with 67% of its respondents sharing similar views about their economy.

 

In parallel, the survey showed that 77% of survey participants in Lebanon acknowledged that last year was a "bad year" to find a job in Lebanon, compared to 57% of adults worldwide who shared similar views about their economy and relative to 64% of adults in the Middle East and North Africa who considered that last year was a "bad year" to find a job in their local communities.

 

The percentage of Lebanese who thought that last year was a "bad year" to find a job in Lebanon was the 33rd highest worldwide, and was similar to the share of survey participants in Estonia and Uganda. It was also the fourth highest among Arab states, as 87% of Egyptians shared similar views about the job market in their economy, 82% of adults in Yemen thought that last year was a "bad year" to find a local job, and 80% of adults in Palestine had a similar opinion about the status of their domestic job market. Globally, 96% of respondents in Greece considered that that last year was a "bad year" to find a job in their economy followed by 93% of participants in Ireland who shared the similar views about their economy and 92% of respondents in Senegal who thought that last year was a "bad year" to find a job in their economy. The survey's results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults per country that were conducted in 146 countries and territories in 2011. The survey in Lebanon was conducted through face- to-face interviews with 1,004 adults.

 

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