People working in low paying, unstable jobs show more signs of chronic stress than their counterparts who remain unemployed

For the unemployed, finding a job can be a path to improved mental health, but only if it’s a good one, a recent study finds. Researchers tracked 116 British adults who were unemployed in 2009-2010. Those who found good jobs enjoyed improved mental health outcomes, while those who found jobs that were stressful, poorly paid, or unstable saw no improvement. In fact, the physical indicators of chronic stress were even higher in people working in bad jobs than in those who remained unemployed. We spoke with study author Tarani Chandola, a medical sociologist at the University of Manchester, about the study.
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