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The spectre of unemployment still present but a little less of a threat

When surveyed about the risks that worry them most, Europeans no longer place unemployment in the top three. It only comes in 4th position (29%), a long way behind health risks, including the risk of losing their autonomy (66%), financial risks (37%) and the risks of the road (31%). We thus see a return to a ranking of risks that is less marked by financial crisis.

In addition to this, while a significant proportion of Europeans still consider that they face a greater risk than they did 5 years ago of encountering financial difficulties (59%), job insecurity (53%) or losing their jobs (44%), these feelings are somewhat on the decline (down by 3 to 7 points on 2013, depending on the items).

These trends differ from one country to another, however: in Spain, Italy and Poland, the risk of unemployment is still one of the three risks people fear most. In Southern Europe, losing a job is even the second most worrying risk, ahead of the risk of losing financial assets. Such an event is perceived as all the more worrying in that it is also deemed to be plausible: 65% of Poles consider that they face a greater risk of losing their jobs than they did 5 years ago (including 40% “much greater”), as do 59% of Italians (including 37% “much greater”) and 48% of Spaniards (including 28% “much greater”).
In France and in Germany, the prospect of unemployment (mentioned respectively by 25% of the French and 22% of Germans) is less of a worry than the possibility of suffering an assault or theft, mentioned respectively by 34% and 30%. This risk is among the top three worries on both sides of the Rhine.
In the United Kingdom, unemployment (mentioned by 24%) even comes behind IT risks, such as hacking of bank details or suffering damage to people’s e-reputation (30%).

The spectre of unemployment still present but a little less of a threat

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