NEWS

Gloom, doom, job insecurity

Greeks have one of the gloomiest outlooks on the coming year among all European Union citizens, according to a poll published yesterday, which found that most people in this country are worried about job security. The annual end-of-year survey by the Gallup International Association, carried out in 65 countries during November and December, found that 43 percent of all Greeks expect worse things of 2003, compared to 2002, while 30 percent anticipate an improvement. Last year’s corresponding poll had shown 40 percent of Greeks to be optimistic as far as 2002 was concerned, and 35 percent pessimistic. Zimbabweans were found to have the gloomiest outlook in the world, with 72 percent voicing pessimism. Kenyans were the cheeriest (77 percent). According to the poll, 38 percent of Greeks fear they might lose their job in 2003, while 62 percent think it would be hard to quickly find new employment and 57 expect joblessness to increase this year.