Table 1

 Percentage prevalence of psychological distress after employment transitions

Transition typeNumber of transitionsExperiencing financial difficulties/improvements (%)Experiencing pyschological distress (%)
*A total of 51 534 transitions from employment to non-employment occurred; 789 transitions were into categories that were not a focus of this study: fulltime student (n = 407), long-term illness (n = 285), government training (n = 42), something else (n = 55). A total of 35 398 transitions were from non-employment to employment; 2517 transitions were from categories that were not a focus of this study: fulltime students (n = 1076), retirement (n = 212), long-term illness (n = 105), government training (n = 123), something else (n = 127).
†Family care applies only to women and includes maternity leave or staying at home to look after the family.
Transition from employment to* Percentage worse off financially Overall Not worse off financially Worse off financially
Unemployment139071.343.428.649.4
Retirement79853.120.717.623.3
Family care†118747.536.729.944.3
Stayed employed4737023.123.219.336.2
Transition to employment from* Percentage better off financially Overall Not better off financially Better off financially
Unemployment134662.325.635.419.6
Family care†39925.323.122.524.7
Stayed non-employed3113615.129.630.027.5