Short Takes - 2005-02-22

Getting fired or laid off not only hurts financial health. A CDC study of 35,000 women found that those who were involuntarily unemployed are more likely to have heart disease than are employed women and those who choose to stay at home. For example, 28% of unemployed women reported high blood pressure in comparison to 19% of employed women. Likewise, 6% of unemployed women said they had experienced a previous heart attack, chest pain, or stroke, compared with only 2% of employed women.