Infographic: Stable Jobs = Healthier Lives

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Does having a stable job really result in a healthier life? Some research highlights contained in this infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation illustrate the impact of employment on health status.

  • Since 1977, the life expectancy of male workers retiring at age 65 has risen six years in the top half of the income distribution, but only 1.3 years in the bottom half.
  • 12.3 million Americans were unemployed as of October 2012.
  • Laid-off workers are 54 percent more likely to have fair or poor health, and 83 percent more likely to develop a stress-related health condition.
  • There are nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries each year.
  • The United States is one of the few developed nations without universal paid sick days.

Stability and Health

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