Indians are the most optimistic people worldwide about job prospects in the new year, but their exuberance is tempered by concerns over food prices and personal finance, says a global consumer confidence survey by market researchers Nielsen Co. The survey for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 shows consumer confidence gained the most in countries recovering fastest from the global downturn that include Hong Kong, China, Singapore, India and Brazil. The survey, which tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending habits, was conducted among more than 17,500 Internet users in 29 markets from 4-18 December.Almost 83% of Indian respondents said they were positive about job prospects—the highest among the 10 most optimistic markets. But almost half the Indian respondents were worried the country was still facing “economic recession”. Of these, nearly 58% expected India to emerge from the downturn in calendar year 2010.