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Study: Having No Job is Better Than Having a Bad One

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Aug 16, 2017

It's often been said that, as lonely as being single might be, it's way better than being stuck in a bad relationship with someone who just isn't a good fit. A recent study from the University of Manchester suggests that the same is true for jobs. The study monitored over 1,000 people between the ages of 35 and 75 who were unemployed during the 2009-2010 period, then checked up on them over the next few years about their self-reported health and levels of chronic stress, as measured by hormones and other biomarkers. What they found was that people in bad jobs were more stressed, and reported being less healthy, than those who had no jobs at all. 

"Formerly unemployed adults who transitioned into poor quality work had greater adverse levels of biomarkers compared with their peers who remained unemployed. The selection of healthier unemployed adults into these poor quality or stressful jobs was unlikely to explain their elevated levels of chronic stress-related biomarkers. Job quality cannot be disregarded from the employment success of the unemployed, and may have important implications for their health and well-being," said the study. 

It also found, though, that having a good job was better than both being unemployed and having a bad job.