Additional deaths of despair given a 1.6% increase in US unemployment 2020-2029

Possible additional deaths of despair in the U.S. following the COVID-19 recession given a 1.6 percent increase in unemployment from 2020 to 2029, by scenario*

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Release date

May 2020


United States

Survey time period

as of May 2020

Number of respondents

181,686 respondents

Supplementary notes

* Estimates based on 181,686 deaths of despair in 2018, and projected levels of unemployment from 2020 to 2029.
Recovery rates: Slow - same as Great Recession; Medium - twice as fast; Fast - four times as fast.

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