New study: American workers are more stressed than ever before

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The economy is supposed to be in recovery mode, but you wouldn’t know it by the grunts and groans coming from the next cubicle.

A whopping 83 percent of American workers said they are stressed out by at least one thing at work, up sharply from 73 percent in 2012, according to a survey by Harris Interactive for Everest College.

“When you look at all the other economic indicators, there have definitely been some positive signs,” said John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College. But relief of workplace stress isn’t one of them.

Swartz spoke with Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee about this new survey. Listen here:

Stress is so ubiquitous and so dangerous that the American Institute of Stress calls it “America’s New Black Death.” You know, that little plague that is thought to have wiped out more than 100 million people in the 14th century.

“If black plague is what killed most people in Europe in the Middle Ages, then stress is what’s killing us the most right now,” said Dr. Daniel L. Kirsch, the president of the institute.

The No. 1 stress factors were low pay and unreasonable workload (14 percent each), followed by annoying co-workers (11 percent), job not in a chosen career (8 percent), poor work-life balance (7 percent), lack of opportunity for advancement (6 percent) and fear of being fired or laid off (4 percent).

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