The National Pulse

Striking Suicide Rates Among America’s Working Class Men, Says CDC

Suicide rates of working Americans have skyrocketed nearly 40 percent over the last two decades prior according to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition to this remarkable increase, another major finding was male, blue-collar workers experiencing considerably higher rates of suicide than their employed counterparts. 

The study highlights industries with anomalously high suicide rates, chiefly blue collar: 

Compared with rates in the total study population, suicide rates were significantly higher in five major industry groups:

1) Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction (males);

2) Construction (males);

3) Other Services (e.g., automotive repair) (males);

4) Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting (males); and

5) Transportation and Warehousing (males and females).

A loss of manufacturing jobs, per the policies of the political establishment over the past few decades, is cited by many as a critical cause of the spike.

Illegal immigration is a surefire way to depress the wages of American workers for the sake of big corporate profits. In turn, this increases job insecurity, a potential cause highlighted by the CDC. 

Prior to President Trump’s reversal of the Bush-Obama era China policy, blue-collar workers were collateral damage in the shifting of American industrial and manufacturing bases overseas.

Open borders and appeasement of China have allowed for drugs to flood the country and contribute to an epidemic of “deaths of despair.”

Also noteworthy is how of the five categories mentioned above, only one included is not exclusively male.

This imbalance is also reflected in the average suicide rate for all industries: 27.4 men per 100,000 committed suicide, nearly four times greater than the female average of 7.7.

The CDC’s cross-tabs show that in every industry female suicide rates are considerably lower than those of men. In some industries such as construction and “other services (e.g., automotive repair)” male suicide rates are nearly five times higher than for females.

Sorry feminists, but you can’t play the victim this time.

This report corroborates how establishment elites have not just forgotten about the working class but have been co-conspirators in their decades-long decline, damage President Trump’s economic and trade policies are finally beginning to reverse. 

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE.  

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is an executive assistant to the editor, as well as a Senior Writing Fellow at the National Pulse. She has previously been published at the WarRoom.org website.