Suicide Rate Increasing among American Workers: CDC

Atlanta, GA–The suicide rate among the US working age population increased 34 percent during 2000-2016, according to a new report of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examined lifetime occupations of 22,053 people aged 16-64 years old who died by suicide in the 17 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) in 2012 and 2015.

In 2012 and 2015, suicide rates were highest among males in the Construction and Extraction occupational group (43.6 and 53.2 per 100,000 civilian noninstitutionalized working persons, respectively) and highest among females in the Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media group (11.7 and 15.6 per 100,000, respectively).

From 2012 to 2015, suicide rates increased most for males in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations (47 percent) and for females in Food Preparation and Serving Related occupations (54 percent).

Top 3 major occupational groups by suicide rate among males in 2015

  1. Constructionand Extraction
  2. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, andMedia
  3. Installation, Maintenance, andRepair

Top 3 major occupational groups by suicide rate among females in 2015

  1. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, andMedia
  2. ProtectiveService
  3. Health CareSupport

Among both males and females, the lowest suicide rate in 2015 was observed in Education, Training, and Library occupations.