Multi-sector How much have Google searches for unemployment increased worldwide?

With the Covid-19 pandemic causing job losses around the world, Google search interest in unemployment surged in March, showing top-of-mind awareness, but it has since subsided in many countries.

17 Apr 2020
  • Canada and Australia saw spikes in unemployment search in March.
  • Search activity in Canada has since fallen to about 3-4x pre-March levels. It has also fallen in Australia but remains relatively high.
  • Hong Kong and Brazil have seen more gradual increases in unemployment search.

Google Unemployment Search in Canada, Hong Kong, Brazil, and Australia

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Google