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

With the Covid-19 pandemic causing job losses in Europe, Google search interest inunemployment has surged, showing top-of-mind awareness.

08 Apr 2020
  • The UK has seen the largest increase in searches for unemployment (including "furlough") as a share of all searches, rising ~10x since March 22.
  • In France, after peaking at 15x the early March level, search interest has fallen.
  • Spain's search interest more than tripled from its early March peak but has since subsided.
  • Search interest in Germany and Italy has also increased, but to a lesser degree.
  • In the US, changes in search interest have tended to precede changes in weekly jobless claims.

UK Unemployment Search

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Google

France Unemployment Search

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Google