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Most Americans Are Stressed at Work

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Perhaps the only thing more stressful than on-the-job stress is not having a job at all, but that doesn't mean workplace stress isn't a problem.  The 2011 Work Stress Survey by Harris Interactive finds 77 percent of Americans say they are stressed out about something related to their job.

Here’s a rundown of the chief causes of worker stress:

  • 14 percent, low pay
  • 11 percent, commuting
  • 9 percent, an unreasonable workload
  • 9 percent, fear of being laid off
  • 8 percent, annoying co-workers
  • 5 percent, an annoying boss
  • 5 percent, poor work-life balance
  • 4 percent, lack of opportunity for advancement

Additional findings:

  • Young adults ages 18-34 ranked low pay and annoying co-workers as the top two stress factors.
  • College graduates ranked losing their job as the biggest cause of stress, followed by unreasonable workload and low pay.
  • 21 percent of respondents said they had no job stress.
  • 24 percent of married people were stressed about their jobs, compared to 14 percent of singles.

The Harris Interactive survey involved nearly 1,000 adults and was conducted to coincide with April's National Stress Awareness Month.

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