Suicide Rate by Industry and Occupation

Suicide Rate by Industry and Occupation

A 2017 CDC study released in 2020 looked at the rate of suicide by occupation and industry. The study found that there were 38,000 deaths by suicide in 2017 among working-age Americans (16-64) representing a 40% increase in less than two decades.

The study concluded that the rate of suicide was considerably higher in five industry groups:

  1. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
  2. Construction
  3. Other Services (such as automotive repair)
  4. Agriculture, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting
  5. Transportation and Warehousing

The study also found significantly higher rates of suicide in six occupational groups:

  1. Construction and Extraction
  2. Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
  3. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media
  4. Transportation and Material Moving
  5. Protective Service
  6. Healthcare Support

The full study can be found at cdc.gov

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