According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1998 (19 years ago) respondents in urban Pakistan were asked “In your opinion, will unemployment increase a lot in the next month, slightly increase, slightly decrease or decrease a lot?” In response to this question, 38% said it would increase a lot, 19% said it would increase slightly, 21% said it would remain the same, 16% said it would decrease slightly and 6% said it would decrease a lot.
Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 19% said it would increase a lot, 29% said it would increase slightly, 34% said it would remain the same, 12% said it would decrease slightly and 6% said it would decrease a lot.
Between 1998 and 2017, there has been a 9% decline in the proportion of urban Pakistanis who believe unemployment would increase (a lot/somewhat) in the next month.
This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.