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Survey: Stress is on the decline, but Atlantans continue to worry about housing, money and jobs

Americans are reporting a decline in overall stress levels.
Americans are reporting a decline in overall stress levels.
American Psychological Association

Although the nation's economic woes continue, in 2010 Atlantans reported a lower level of stress related to jobs, housing and money than they reported in 2009, according to a new survey out this week by the American Psychological Association (APA).

While that's certainly good news for residents (and perhaps bad news for the manufacturers of stress relief medicine), the study goes on to report that although Atlantans are reporting lower levels of high stress (27 percent in 2010 vs. 37 percent in 2009), money, work and housing continue to be a significant cause of stress for metro Atlanta residents.

The survey was conducted in August at a time when foreclosures and unemployment remained high in this city so it's no surprise that there has been an increase in the number of residents concerned about housing costs (48 percent reporting housing costs as a stress factor in 2010 compared to 36 percent in 2009).

In terms of job satisfaction, Atlanta residents report feeling as satisfied with their job as they did last year (67 percent in 2010 vs. 66 percent in 2009). However, more Atlanta residents reported job stability as a stressor (51 percent in 2010 vs. 45 percent in 2009). At their jobs, only a third (33 percent) of Atlantans say they are satisfied with how their employer helps employees handle work-life balance compared to nearly half (48 percent) in 2009.

This year Atlantans also reported that money is a significant cause of stress (80 percent in 2010 vs. 70 percent in 2009). Yet, even with the increase in stress regarding money, fewer Atlanta residents say they are doing enough to manage their stress this year than they did previously (55 percent in 2010 vs. 62 percent in 2009).

So how does Atlanta compare to the rest of the country? The national survey found that while reported stress levels across the nation remain similar to last year, fewer adults report being satisfied with the ways that their employer helps employees balance work and personal life demands, and in general, concern about job stability is on the rise.

Do you agree with the survey results? Are you more or less stressed in 2010? How do you think metro Atlanta will fare in 2011?



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