What Has Over 80% Of Americans Stressed Out

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stressedAt the worst part of the recession, it was not hard to guess what was stressing most people out. People were losing their jobs and that meant that a lot of people also lost their homes, cars and other assets. There were stories of many middle class income Americans having to go to food pantries just to feed their families.

Now the unemployment numbers have been improving and Americans are generally staring to feel better about the economy but now there is a new source of stress: work stress. While people are going back to work, unfortunately, many have had to take pay cuts to get back to work and many find that they have heavier work loads.

According to the Huffington Post,

The third annual Work Stress Survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College, polled 1,019 employed Americans by phone. The results showed a marked increase from last year’s survey, which found that 73 percent of Americans were stressed at work. This year, that number jumped to 83 percent. Only 17 percent of workers said that nothing about their jobs causes them stress.

Even while women getting equal pay for equal work was a top priority for President  Obama in the last election, women are still complaining about the gender gap when it comes to pay.

According to the Huffington Post,

The gender wage gap also played a significant role in reported stress levels, with almost twice as many women (18 percent) as men (10 percent) citing low pay as their primary job-related stressor. The survey — the release of which coincided with Equal Pay Day — echoed recent findings from the National Partnership For Women And Families, which showed that the pay gap still exists in each of the 50 states. According to the NPWF study, the median yearly pay for full-time female workers is more than $11,000 less than their male counterparts.

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