Year: 1984 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.14, no.3, (Fall 1984), p.143-155 SIEC No: 19842667

A number of social science investigators have shown that a downturn in the economy leads to an increase in the suicide rate. Also, although most works on suicide & the business cycle employ unemployment as a measure of downturn in the business cycle, the average duration of unemployment represents a better measure for determining the social impact of an economic downturn. From 1947 to 1977 the average monthly duration of unemployment is statistically related to the suicide rate.