Infographic of the Day

From this Gallup report summarizing 2012 data. More black means a larger percentage of respondents saying it is a bad time to find a job. Cream-colored countries (those lighter than the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) are not mentioned in the report. I made this graphic from this map this afternoon because the data looked interesting.
As is evident, in the matter of job opportunities, southern Europe, the U.K., Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Mongolia, and Hispaniola are squarely in the toilet, the Gulf states are doing fantastic, Southeast Asia is doing fantastic to okay, Latin America (except most of Central America and Hispaniola) was doing okay, and energy-independent Central Asia is doing fine. Algeria is doing better than normal. The somewhat democratic Muslim countries of Somaliland (which should by no means be seen as a part of Somalia) and Libya have the best job prospects in Africa. Presumably Southeast Asia is doing so well due to outsourcing from the United States. Germany (doing so-so) and Spain (deep in the toilet) have very similar exports, so I can only assume that the big difference between the two economies is a result of more effective contract enforcement, an easier time with construction permits, and businesses’ easier electricity access in Germany.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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