Jan 14 2013
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Stable Jobs = Healthier Lives

Jobs and Health Infographic

The NewPublicHealth National Prevention Strategy series is underway, including interviews with Cabinet Secretaries and their National Prevention Council designees, exploring the impact of jobs, transportation and more on health. “Stable Jobs = Healthier Lives” tells a visual story on the role of employment in the health of our communities.

Some highlights:

  • Since 1977, the life expectancy of male workers retiring at age 65 has risen 6 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% more likely to have fair or poor health, and 83% more likely to develop a stress-releated 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.

Also check out our previous infographics exploring the connection between transportation and health, and education and health.

>>For more on employment and health, read a related issue brief.

View the full infographic below.

Full Jobs and Health Infographic

Links for sources are listed below.

  1. American Time Use Survey 2012, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Work Matters for Health 2008, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America
  3. Trends in Mortality Differentials and Life Expectancy for Male Social Security–Covered Workers, by Average Relative Earnings 2007, U.S. Social Security Administration
  4. Employment Situation Summary 2012, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  5. Job Loss and Health in the U.S. Labor Market 2009, Journal of Demography
  6. Job Loss Takes a Toll on Mental Health 2010, Live Science
  7. A Profile of the Working Poor 2010, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  8. Wages, Health Benefits, and Workers' Health 2004, The Commonwealth Fund
  9. Workplace Injury and Illness Summary 2012, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  10. Workplace Injuries and Illness Estimated to Cost Quarter of a Trillion Annually 2012, Business News Daily
  11. Meta-evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies 2005, The Art of Health Promotion
  12. Wages, Health Benefits, and Workers' Health 2004, The Commonwealth Fund
  13. Why Crunch Mode Doesn't Work: Six Lessons, IGDA (International Game Developers Association)
  14. Sick at Work: Infected Employees in the Workplace During the H1N1 Pandemic 2010, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  15. Work Matters for Health 2008, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America

Tags: Business, Education, Injury Prevention, Jobs, National Prevention Strategy, Prevention, Public Health , Public health, Work environment