Published on 03/08/2012
Residents in areas with low levels of employment are more likely to suffer ill health, according to a new study.
Researchers at Durham University used information from more than 200,000 people from the Office for National Statistics longitudinal study to show the extent of health inequalities in England.
They found that a greater risk of premature death is faced by people living in areas of England with long-term low employment.
Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the research also showed that residents are more likely to suffer from illnesses such as arthritis, asthma, heart conditions and back problems if they live in an area with long-term unemployment.
Co-author of the study, Professor Sarah Curtis, said: "Employment rates affect local conditions that are important for the health of everyone in an area, not only workers who may be in or out of work.
"It is important to sustain efforts to create and support permanent jobs in areas with persistently low employment rates, not least because this is important for the health of the population."
"Investment in secure employment and healthy working conditions is likely to reduce costs to society in terms of health and social care provision, and welfare benefit payments.
"Low employment and reports of poor health are connected and we need to look at how we can maintain and boost employment in areas with deep-seated deprivation."
The study took onto account a wide range of factors, such as age, sex and mobility, and populations were compared in groups of areas according to low levels of unemployment.
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