QuickStats: Percentage* of Employed Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Any Work-Loss Days Because of Illness or Injury in the Past 12 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey,§ 2017

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The figure is a bar chart showing that among employed adults aged ≥18 years, women (43.5%) were more likely than men (37.0%) to have missed at least 1 day of work because of illness or injury during the past 12 months. This pattern was consistent for women and men aged 18–44 (44.5% versus 39.4%), 45–64 (44.5% versus 36.3%), and ≥65 years (29.3% versus 21.6%). Among women, having any work-loss days was similar for those aged 18–44 and 45–64 years and then declined for those aged ≥65 years. Among men, having any work-loss days decreased with age.

* With 95% confidence intervals shown with error bars.

Respondents who had worked during the past year were asked, “During the past 12 months, about how many days did you miss work at a job or business because of illness or injury (do not include maternity leave)?” Responses are only shown for employed adults.

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population, and are shown for sample adults aged ≥18 years who had a job anytime during the past 12 months.

Among employed adults aged ≥18 years, women (43.5%) were more likely than men (37.0%) to have missed at least 1 day of work because of illness or injury during the past 12 months. This pattern was consistent for women and men aged 18–44 (44.5% versus 39.4%), 45–64 (44.5% versus 36.3%), and ≥65 years (29.3% versus 21.6%). Among women, having any work-loss days was similar for those aged 18–44 and 45–64 years and then declined for those aged ≥65 years. Among men, having any work-loss days decreased with age.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2017 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: Maria A. Villarroel, PhD, MVillarroel@cdc.gov, 301-458-4668; Debra L. Blackwell, PhD.


Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Employed Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Any Work-Loss Days Because of Illness or Injury in the Past 12 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:409. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6817a7external icon.

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