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2012 U.S. Suicide Rate Was 16.1 Per 100,000, But Varied By Occupation

The U.S. suicide rate in 2012 was 16.1 per 100,000 people age 16 and older, but the rate for several occupational groups was much higher. The highest rate, 84.5 per 100,000, was among people working in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations. The lowest rate — 7.5 per 100,000 — was among people in education, training, and library careers. Overall suicide rates in the United States have steadily increased from the turn of the century to the present following a long and continual …

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