Overall, 10 percent of American adults say they are currently depressed or have been diagnosed with depression.
According to the study, unemployment and part-time work status when one desires full-time employment are the strongest predictors of being depressed.
Also, “Americans who earn less than $36,000 annually are nearly three times more likely to be depressed than those who earn more than $90,000 per year,” the report noted.
Among the results:
• 16.6 percent of respondents who are not in the workforce at all, are depressed
• 11.4 percent of respondents who are unemployed are depressed
•10.6 percent of respondents who are employed part time while they desire full-time employment are depressed
• People who earn less than $36,000 per year are more likely to be depressed than better-off workers
• 13.2 percent of females and 6.5 percent of males say they are depressed
• Depression peaks around age 56
The findings are from Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index surveys with more than 100,000 Americans, conducted from Jan. 1-July 25, 2013.