Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The Unemployed are the Unhealthiest
Unemployment in the United States is at 8.9 percent. . . and a new study shows that people who had lost their job were 83 percent more likely to report a new health problem during the study than people who did not lose their job--even if they went on to find a new job. People who had lost a job had about a 10 percent chance of developing a new health problem during the study--such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or arthritis--compared to roughly a 5 percent chance for people who had never lost a job. (Tamkins, CNN, 5/8/09).