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Unhappiness Is a Side-Effect of Unemployment

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There’s no question that being out of work for any length of time can be a demoralizing experience. However, a new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index suggests the impact of unemployment may be far worse than anyone imagined.

In questioning well over 350,000 U.S. adults, of whom five percent were out of work, Gallup found that around 20 percent of the respondents unemployed for at least a year are currently depressed or are being treated for depression.

Essentially the longer people didn’t have a job, the more likely they were to report symptoms of depression.

Overall, 12.4 percent of the unemployed in the survey were either experiencing depression or were getting treated for it, compared to 5.6 percent of all full-time working adults.

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