Unemployment puts individual and population health at risk, and the risk is higher in regions where unemployment is widespread. Evidence from a number of countries shows that, even allowing for other factors, unemployed people and their families are at significant risk of mental ill-health. The health and wellbeing effects of unemployment are linked to both its psychological consequences and the financial problems it brings – especially debt.

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Mass Unemployment Events (MUEs) – Prevention and Response from a Public Health Perspective. 2017

Public Health Wales

Coronavirus: Impact on the labour market 2020

Commons Library

Coronavirus and unemployment: The importance of government policy: a five nation comparison. 2020

Institute for Government

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