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Why Is This Important?
Household income is strongly related to health status for all persons in the household. Those living at or near the poverty level tend to have poorer health status, in part because they cannot always afford health care. Health status also depends on meeting a family's needs for adequate housing and nutrition. Lack of income may also keep children from having access to quality education, safe areas to play, and expose them to other risk factors. In addition, common reasons for unemployment include chronic mental or physical illness that limits a person's ability to work outside the home.
The average annual percentage of the civilian labor force that was not employed and seeking employment (averaged across months). See Data Interpretation Issues for more information about the definition of employed versus unemployed persons.
Data SourceU.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
How the Measure is Calculated
Numerator:The number of unemployed persons in the civilian labor force.
Denominator:The total of persons in the civilian labor force, the sum of employed and unemployed persons.
Health Topic Pages Related to: Unemployment Rate
Community Health Resources and Links
- Healthy People 2030 Website
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.