16 October 2007

Money Buys Happiness

Well, maybe money doesn't actually buy happiness, but the more you work, it seems, the less prone you are to being depressed, and better pay seems to be corollated strongly with low rates of depression:

Overall, 8.6% of participants had been depressed in the past year. They include:

7% of full-time workers
9.3% of part-time workers
12.7% of unemployed people
12.7% of retirees, homemakers, disabled people, and others not in the paid workforce . . .

Depressed full-time workers tended to be young (18-25) [ed. who have the lowest average pay]. Depression was more commonly reported by women [ed. who get paid less] than men. . . .

Personal care and service: 10.8%
Food preparation and serving: 10.3%
Community/social services and health care: 9.6%
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media: 9.1%
Education, training, and library: 8.7%
Office and administrative support: 8.1%
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance: 7.3%
Financial and sales: 6.7%
Legal and transportation: 6.4%
Mathematical and computer scientists: 6.2%
Production: 5.9%
Management: 5.8%
Farming, fishing, and forestry: 5.6%
Protective service (includes police and firefighters): 5.5%
Construction: 4.8%
Installation, maintenance, repair, sciences: 4.4%
Engineering, architecture, and surveyors: 4.3%

Hat tip to NewMexiKen.

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