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Job loss linked to poor health

Losing your job is terrible and stressful!

This research shows the impact losing your job has on your health. It’s an alert to those who have lost their job to monitor their health. Also, to their friends and family to offer support and reminders to those who lost a job to look after their health.

I know this study is real for many people in this time of economic downturn. We are seeing layoffs in Australia and I know it is happening around the world.

The job loss study

Researchers studied data from over 8,000 workers, including 3,359 white collar workers and 1,851 blue collar workers. They answered questions about their health and work life in 1999, 2001, and then again in 2003.

The results: People who lost their job were 83% more likely to report a new health problem during the study than people who did not lose their job. This was the case even if they found a new job later on.

People who lost a job had a 10% chance of actually developing a new health problems during the study, compared to those who had never lost a job. The health problems included, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis. The impact of job loss on health was the same for both white and blue collar workers.

The researchers conclusions

The research shows how harmful stress is on the body. The researchers suggest that stress raises hormones that promote inflammation. This makes people under stress more vulnerable to high blood pressure and heart disease. They suggest that getting exercise and eating a healthy diet can help to reduce the impact of job loss on the body.

It’s a strong reminder that losing a job can be a traumatic for your body and mind, and the impact has lasting effects.

Note: To ensure the participants didn’t have health problems that might cause them to lose their jobs, the researchers looked only at people who lost their job due to the business shutting down. The study, Job Loss and Health in the U.S. Labor Market was published in the journal Demography.

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