Unemployment Increases Risk of Death
New research indicates that unemployed people run a much higher risk of early death.
The joint study by Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute is based on more than one million Swedes, born between 1946 and 1960 and employed in 1990. The researchers compared the mortality rates of those who lost their jobs in the mid-90’s with those who remained employed during what was a crisis period for the Swedish economy.
The death rates of men who lost their jobs during that time were twice that of employed men. Among women the risk of early death was 30 percent higher among those who had lost their jobs.
The most common causes of death were related to alcohol abuse.