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2.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry in 2022, up 7.5 percent from 2021

December 14, 2023

Private industry employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2022, up 7.5 percent from 2021. This increase was driven by the rise in both injuries, up 4.5 percent to 2.3 million cases, and illnesses, up 26.1 percent to 460,700 cases.

Injury and illness case counts, private industry, 2019–2022
Year Total
reported cases
Illnesses Injuries

2019

2,814,000 127,200 2,686,800

2020

2,654,700 544,600 2,110,100

2021

2,607,900 365,200 2,242,700

2022

2,804,200 460,700 2,343,600

The increase in illnesses was driven by the rise in respiratory illness cases, up 35.4 percent to 365,000 cases in 2022. This comes after a decrease in respiratory illnesses from 2020 to 2021. The number of illness cases in 2022 remains higher than the 2019 pre-pandemic level.

Respiratory illnesses and all illnesses case counts, private industry, 2019–2022
Year All illnesses Respiratory illnesses

2019

127,200 10,800

2020

544,600 428,700

2021

365,200 269,600

2022

460,700 365,000

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more about injuries and illnesses in the workplace, see “Employer-reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2021–2022.” We also have more charts on nonfatal work injuries and illnesses. For more information about how COVID-19 data are reflected in the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, see our COVID-19 factsheet.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 2.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry in 2022, up 7.5 percent from 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/2-8-million-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses-in-private-industry-in-2022-up-7-5-percent-from-2021.htm (visited April 21, 2024).

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