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Work-related suicides down from 2019 high; half were the result of shootings

September 13, 2023

There were 236 work-related suicides in 2021, down from 259 in 2020. Work-related suicides in these years were down from 307 in 2019, which was the highest number since the data series began in 2011. There were 229 work-related suicides in 2015, the lowest number over this 11-year period.

Workplace suicides from all causes, 2011 to 2021
Year Number of suicides

2011

250

2012

249

2013

282

2014

280

2015

229

2016

291

2017

275

2018

304

2019

307

2020

259

2021

236

There have been a total of 2,962 work-related suicides since 2011. Of these, 47 percent were the result of a shooting. There were 118 work-related suicides involving a shooting in 2021, a 4.8 percent decrease from the 124 cases in 2020. The lowest number was 113 in 2011, while the high was 144 in 2017.

 Work-related suicide by shooting compared to total work-related suicides, 2011 to 2021
Year Suicide by shooting Total suicides

2011

113 250

2012

117 249

2013

134 282

2014

130 280

2015

116 229

2016

133 291

2017

144 275

2018

137 304

2019

136 307

2020

124 259

2021

118 236

Suicide Prevention Week is September 10 – 16 and aims to raise awareness and highlight the prevention resources available. If you or someone you know are in crisis, call or text 988 or text TALK (7255) to 741741.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2021.” We also have more charts on work-related deaths.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Work-related suicides down from 2019 high; half were the result of shootings at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/work-related-suicides-down-from-2019-high.htm (visited September 29, 2023).

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