Of all the topics discussed during last Wednesday’s presidential debate, the recession and the critical issue of job creation rightfully took center stage. Work is our livelihood, our identity, and the structure of our days; it is how we describe ourselves at parties when someone asks, “And what do you do?”
Of course work generates income, but it is, in other ways, immaterial.
If work lends a sense of self, meaning and purpose to our lives, what happens to our mental state when we are unemployed? In the context of a global recession, I can’t help but wonder.
So, as any responsible public health student would do, I looked at the data.
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