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Suicide Rate Jumps 40% Among Working-Age Americans

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By    |   Monday, 27 January 2020 08:21 AM

The suicide rate among Americans aged 16-64 rose by 40% from 2000 to 2017, according to a government report.

The CDC made its findings public on Friday, saying that nearly 38,000 Americans of working age took their own lives in 2017. That equaled 18 people out of every 100,000. In 2000, the rate was at 12.9 for every 100,000 people.

The study examined the suicide rate in various sectors of the economy; 54 men per 100,000 working in the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry committed suicide, the highest rate in the CDC data. Men in the construction industry were next, with a suicide rate of 45.3 per 100,000 workers.

Other services such as automotive repair saw a suicide rate of 39.1 men per 100,000, followed by men in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry (36.1 per 100,000). In transportation and warehousing, men had a suicide rate of 29.8 per 100,000 and women were at 10.1 per 100,000.

Overall, the suicide rate among working-age men was 27.4 and 7.7 among women.

The study examined data from 32 states as part of the National Violent Death Reporting System.

Last summer, the CDC reported that the rate of suicide among all Americans climbed 33% from 1999 to 2017 and was at its highest level since World War II.

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