Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Has Been Told They Have Some Form of Arthritis§  2013 BRFSS, 21 States

The following tables show the percent of survey respondents who have been told they have some form of arthritis, by industry and by occupation. We produced these tables using the 2013 BRFSS Industry and Occupation Module data, a non-public dataset. To collect important demographic information for employed adults, the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) sponsored the BRFSS industry and occupation (I&O) optional module for years 2013–2017. We analyzed the survey responses in SAS 9.3 using the SURVEYFREQ procedure.

Industry (2-Digit NAICS Code) Unweighted Frequency Prevalence (%) Lower Confidence
Limit
Upper Confidence
Limit
Coefficient
of Variation
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (11) 788 13.4 10.9 16.0 0.10
Mining, Oil & Gas (21) 256 14.3 9.9 18.8 0.16
Utilities (22) 177 15.9 11.2 20.6 0.15
Transportation & Warehouse (48-49) 714 17.9 14.8 21.0 0.09
Construction (23) 979 13.7 12.0 15.4 0.06
Manufacturing (31-33) 1573 16.9 15.2 18.6 0.05
Wholesale Trade (42) 272 17.6 13.2 21.9 0.13
Retail Trade (44-45) 1733 16.5 14.8 18.3 0.05
Health Care & Social Assistance (62) 3478 18.5 16.9 20.1 0.04
Information (51) 388 14.0 11.2 16.9 0.10
Finance & Insurance (52) 710 13.4 11.3 15.6 0.08
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (53) 430 17.9 14.3 21.5 0.10
Professional, Scientific, Technical Services (54) 1041 14.4 12.7 16.1 0.06
Management of Companies & Enterprises (55) 29 *24.7 8.8 40.6 0.33
Administrative & Support & Waste Management
& Remediation Services (56)
542 17.2 14.0 20.4 0.09
Education (61) 2338 18.9 17.1 20.7 0.05
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (71) 389 15.7 11.8 19.5 0.12
Accommodation & Food Services (72) 660 12.9 10.5 15.3 0.09
Other Services (except Public Administration)
(81)
1118 17.3 15.3 19.3 0.06
Public Administration (92) 1560 19.6 17.5 21.7 0.05
All Industries 19175 16.6 16.0 17.1 0.02

*Estimates preceded by an asterisk have a coefficient of variation >30% and ≤50% and should be used with caution as they do not meet NCHS standards of precision.

Abbreviations:
NAICS = North American Industry Classification System
NCHS = National Center for Health Statistics

Occupation (2-Digit SOC Code) Unweighted Frequency Prevalence (%) Lower Confidence
Limit
Upper Confidence
Limit
Coefficient
of Variation
Management (11) 2182 18.0 16.3 19.7 0.05
Business & Financial Operations (13) 866 18.2 15.8 20.5 0.07
Computer & Mathematical (15) 345 10.3 8.3 12.4 0.10
Architecture & Engineering (17) 395 14.2 11.0 17.4 0.12
Life, Physical & Social Science (19) 291 13.2 10.4 16.0 0.11
Community & Social Services (21) 507 20.1 16.0 24.3 0.10
Legal (23) 285 17.9 14.0 21.8 0.11
Education, Training & Library (25) 1564 18.3 16.3 20.3 0.06
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, &
Media (27)
449 15.5 12.5 18.4 0.10
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical (29) 1432 18.1 15.7 20.5 0.07
Healthcare Support (31) 513 19.4 15.8 22.9 0.09
Protective Services (33) 336 14.7 11.5 17.9 0.11
Food Preparation & Serving (35) 561 13.6 10.7 16.4 0.11
Building & Grounds Cleaning &
Maintenance (37)
746 20.6 17.3 23.8 0.08
Personal Care & Service (39) 736 19.1 15.9 22.2 0.08
Sales & Related (41) 1708 16.2 14.5 17.9 0.05
Office & Administrative Support (43) 2496 18.4 16.9 19.9 0.04
Farming, Fishing & Forestry (45) 160 9.3 5.8 12.9 0.19
Construction & Extraction (47) 790 13.8 11.8 15.7 0.07
Installation, Maintenance & Repair (49) 528 14.2 11.6 16.8 0.09
Production (51) 811 14.6 12.6 16.6 0.07
Transportation & Material Moving (53) 823 17.8 15.0 20.6 0.08
All Occupations 18524 16.7 16.2 17.3 0.02

Abbreviations:

SOC = Standard Occupational Classification

§Respondents answered “Yes” to “Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional ever told you that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia? (Arthritis diagnoses include: rheumatism, polymyalgia rheumatica; osteoarthritis (not osteoporosis); tendonitis, bursitis, bunion, tennis elbow; carpal tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome; joint infection, etc.)”

Page last reviewed: October 18, 2017