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CDC issues data on suicide rates by occupation

A new article from the Centers for Disease Control reviews suicide rates by occupation and found that the highest suicide rates were among persons working in farming, fishing, and forestry (84.5 per 100,000); construction and extraction (53.5); and installation, maintenance, and repair (47.9).

Based on the CDC’s analysis, the occupational groups with the highest suicide rates are:

  1. Farming, fishing and forestry: 84.5 suicides for every 100,000 people in the occupation
  2. Construction and extraction: 53.3
  3. Installation, maintenance and repair: 47.9
  4. Production: 34.5
  5. Architecture and engineering: 32.2
  6. Protective service: 30.5
  7. Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media: 24.3
  8. Computer and mathematical: 23.3
  9. Transportation and material moving: 22.3
  10. Management: 20.3

The group that includes education, training and library workers has the lowest rate, with 7.5 suicides for every 100,000 workers.

Read the full article here.


This article is brought to you by The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, partnering with businesses to ensure employees and their families living with mental illness, including substance use disorders, receive effective care.

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