Unemployment Could Kill You


As if the devastation of your personal and professional life isn't enough, a recent study now shows that unemployment can torpedo your health as well. In fact, it can kill you. The research revealed that unemployment increases the risk of premature mortality by 63 percent. You read that right: You're 63 percent more likely to die prematurely when you're unemployed.

This conclusion was not the result of a quickie phone survey. McGill Sociology Professor Eran Shor, working in collaboration with researchers from Stony Brook University, surveyed existing research covering 20 million people in 15 (mainly western) countries, over the last 40 years.