July 11, 2016
The construction industry has the second-highest suicide rate of all occupations, with architecture/engineering coming in fifth, according to a report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In its report, the CDC used 2012 data from 17 states, which totaled 12,312 suicides.
The CDC found that, out of 100,000 workers, the construction and extraction category had a suicide rate of 53.3, with the architecture and engineering category having a rate of 32.2. The farming, fishing and forestry category came in first with the highest suicide rate of any industry, at 84.5. The reasons for these metrics include unstable employment, as well as the “tough guy” culture of the industry, which might prevent construction workers from seeking help for depression.