In U.S., Employment Most Linked to Being Depression-Free

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 23, 2013

Gallup – One in 10 Americans say they currently have or are being treated for depression, by Alyssa Brown and Kyley McGeeney

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “For Americans, being unemployed, being out of the workforce, or working part time — but wanting full-time work — are the strongest predictor of having depression. Unemployed adults and those not working as much as they would like are about twice as likely as Americans who are employed full time to be depressed.

Depression Rates, by Employment Status

Americans who are not in the workforce are the most likely to be depressed, at 16.6%. It is possible that there is something about employment contributes to lower depression rates, or it could be that those who have depression are less able to seek out and retain employment.”

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