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The percentage of individuals in Windsor-Essex County who report that they experience work stress is presented below. The percentage of Individuals who reported that they felt work was quite a bit stressful or extremely stressful in the past 12 months is reported here. The impact that age and sex, as well as various social variables have on rates is also presented.

Table 1: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That Work is Quite a Bit Stressful or Extremely Stressful by Year, Age 20 to 64
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Percent (%) 26.4 25.2 37.5 23.2 25.5 27.0 E
95% CI 20.7-33.0  20.1-31.2  30.4-45.1 16.8-31.2 18.2-34.5 19.1-36.7

E Interpret with caution due to high sampling variability.

The percentage of people who report that work is quite a bit or extremely stressful did not significantly change from 2007 to 2012.

Table 2: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That Work is Quite a Bit Stressful or Extremely Stressful by Age and Sex, Age 20 to 64, 2007-2012
  Male
Percent (95% CI)
Female
Percent (95% CI) 
Total
Both Sexes
Age 20 to 44 25.6 (21.1-30.7) 29.0 (24.0-34.6) 27.2 (23.9-30.7)
Age 45 to 64 28.1 (21.2-36.3)  27.9 (21.2-35.7) 28.0 (23.0-33.6)
Total Age 20 to 64 26.6 (22.9-30.6) 28.5 (24.5-32.9) 27.5 (24.7-30.5)

The percentage of people in Windsor-Essex County who report experiencing work stress is not impacted by age group or sex.

Table 3: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That Work is Quite a Bit Stressful or Extremely Stressful by Income Quintile, Age 20 to 64, 2007-2012
  Quintile 1
Lowest Income
Quintile 2 Quintile 3 Quintile 4 Quintile 5
Highest Income
Percent (%) 19.1 E 21.9 27.7 26.4 35.1
95% CI 12.8-27.6 16.2-29.0 20.8-35.9 20.7-33.0 29.9-40.7

E Interpret with caution due to high sampling variability. 

The percentage of people who report work stress does significantly increase as income increases. More individuals in the highest income quintile report that they are stressed compared to those in quintile 1 and 2.

Table 4: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That Work is Quite a Bit Stressful or Extremely Stressful by Education Level, Age 20 to 64, 2007-2012
  Less Than
Secondary School
Secondary School
Graduate
Some
Post-Secondary
Post-Secondary
 Graduate
Percent (%) 23.1 E 16.9 14.6 E 32.1
95% CI 13.6-36.4 12.4-22.7 8.4-24.1  28.2-36.3

E Interpret with caution due to high variability.

The percentage of people who report that work is stressful is impacted by education level. Post-secondary graduates are more likely to report stress in comparison to secondary school graduates or those with some post-secondary education. 

Table 5: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That Work is Quite a Bit Stressful or Extremely Stressful by Minority Status, Age 20 to 64, 2007-2012
  White Minority
Percent (%) 28.1 24.9
95% CI 24.7-31.7 17.8-33.7

There is no difference in reported work stress by minority status.

Table 6: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That Work is Quite a Bit Stressful or Extremely Stressful by Immigration Status, Age 20 to 64, 2007-2012
  Born in Canada Immigrant
Percent (%) 26.5 29.7
95% CI 23.3-30.0  23.1-37.2

There is no significant difference in work stress by immigration status.

Data Notes

  1. Data Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, [2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012], Share File, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
  2. The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) collects data through participant self-report. Data collected through self-report can be biased due to inaccurate memory or because of social desirability. Social desirability happens when individuals answer questions in a manner that they think will be viewed favourably, and is more likely to occur when individuals are answering sensitive questions.
  3. Not Stated and Don’t Know responses were excluded from analysis.
  4. 95% CI = 95% confidence interval. The 95% confidence interval provides a range within which we are 95% confident that the true population proportion (%) falls. If a stated result percentage is 18% with a 95% CI of 15.0-21.0%, we can be 95% confident that the true percentage lies within the range of 15.0% to 21.0%. The wider the confidence interval, the more variability there is, and the less precise the estimate.
  5. Significant differences were determined based on non-overlapping confidence intervals.
  6. Understanding income quintiles used in this report: The Canadian Community Health Survey contains a variable that groups Windsor-Essex survey respondents into one of 10 income deciles. Each decile contains 10% of the sample population. So that the lowest or first decile contains the 10% of the population that has the lowest household income, and the highest or 10th decile contains the 10% of the sample population that has the highest household income. The calculation takes into account reported household income, low-income cut-off values, household size, and community size. For the purposes of this report, deciles were used to create quintiles for ease of analysis and interpretation (quintiles are fifths, and so each quintile contains 20% of the sample population). The lowest two deciles were combined to make the lowest quintile, the third and fourth deciles were combined to create the second lowest quintile, and so forth, with the two highest income deciles being combined to make the highest income quintile.
  7. A white ethnic background was defined as an individual who reported that their ethnicity was white. All other ethnicities were coded as minority.
  8. Immigrant was defined as someone who had ever immigrated to Canada.
  9. The geographical area of Windsor-Essex County represents the population of the entire county of Essex and includes all municipalities within the county.
  10. Age standardized statistics available upon request.