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BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 25 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3459

US workplace suicides rose by 28% from 2007 to 2008: Of the 5071 deaths that occurred in the workplace in the United States in 2008, 251 were suicides, up from 196 the year before, figures from the US Department of Labor show. Redundancies, reduced working hours, and financial distress as a result of the recession have been blamed for the rise in suicides. The total number of workplace deaths in 2008 was the lowest …

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