Washington: Most of the world, including India, was pessimistic about the job market last year with 57 per cent of adults saying it was a bad time to find a job, according to a new Gallup survey.
Only one-third of the people said it was a good time, the leading US opinion poll organisation said on Monday releasing the results of Gallup surveys conducted in 146 countries in 2011.
Indians were only a little more optimistic than the average adult worldwide with 52 percent saying it was a bad time and only 36 percent saying it was a good time. Europeans were the most pessimistic, with 72 percent saying it was a bad time. Optimism was highest in the Americas, where a still dismal 38 per cent said it was a good time.
Most of the world, including India, was pessimistic about the job market last year.
All of the top 10 countries where residents were most positive about the job market were developing countries, except Singapore.
Oil-rich Middle Eastern nations took four of the top spots; Saudi Arabia and Oman led internationally with 69 per cent of residents saying it was a good time to find a job, despite relatively high unemployment rates.
Six of the 10 countries with the most negative outlooks were EU countries, with Greeks and the Irish nearly universally saying it was a bad time to find a job.
Residents in eight of the world's 10 largest economies did not think it was a good time to find a job in 2011. Brazil and Germany were the two bright spots in an otherwise gloomy outlook on the availability of jobs; about half of residents in each country said it was a good time to find a job.
Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults per country, aged 15 and older, conducted in 146 countries and areas in 2011, Gallup said.