Adults who were previously employed are twice as likely to report daily or almost-daily pain than are those who are currently employed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In an ongoing survey, just over 30% of adults aged 18 years and older who were previously employed reported that they experienced pain on “most days or every day” in the past 6 months, compared with 15% of those who were currently employed and 19% of those classified as never employed, investigators from the CDC estimated (MMWR. 2017 Jul 28;66[29]:796).

Pain on some days over the previous 6 months was reported by 45% of currently employed respondents and by 39% of both the previously employed and never-employed groups. The never-employed group was most likely to be feeling no pain (42%), with the currently employed group next at 40% and the previously employed group reporting in at 31%, according to data from the National Health Interview Survey.


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