Generally speaking, during a good economy, in the United States there are slightly more than 20,000 suicides and approximately 10,000 homicides annually.
In the vernacular, “we kill ourselves twice as often as we kill the other son of a bitch.”
For each 1% increase in unemployment there is an increase of approxminately 5,000 suicides.*
Accepting an unemployment rate of slightly under 5% before the Obama Administration was seated, it may be conservatively estimated the US will experience 25,000 to 35,000 MORE suicides annually.
Accordingly, we should expected between 12,500 to 17,500 more homocides annually.
In annual terms this means:
45,000 to 55,000 SUICIDES
22,500 to 27,500 MURDERS
However, should unemployment increase as expected, we will see more homicides & more suicides.
None dare call it:
“War on America”
Nonetheless, the casualities are there.
*Presentation by Marsha Linnehan
AABT Convention New Orleans 1999