Construction workers lead in U.S. suicide rates, CDC finds

From NBC News

The lowest suicide rates are among educators and librarians, the CDC found.

By Maggie Fox

Male construction workers have the highest rate of suicide in the U.S., while teachers and librarians have the lowest, according to new federal data.

Suicides are rising among the whole population, and a breakdown by occupation shows construction workers and miners headed the list, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

“In 2012 and 2015, suicide rates were highest among males in the construction and extraction occupational group,” the CDC said in a statement.

But other industries are seeing increasing growth in suicide rates, the CDC found.

“From 2012 to 2015, suicide rates increased most for males in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (47 percent) and for females in food preparation and serving related occupations (54 percent),” the CDC said.

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