A 2016 federal report that said farmers had the highest suicide rate among all occupations was replaced last year with a study that found a high but less alarming suicide rate among farmers.
The 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said farmers had a suicide rate of 84.5 per 100,000 workers in 2012, more than four times the average for American workers.
But the CDC retracted the report, saying farmers were included in the wrong category. Another study by the CDC in November, which the CDC said replaces the earlier report, found male farmers had a suicide rate of 44.9 per 100,000 workers in 2012 — and a rate of 32.2 per 100,000 workers in 2015.
In 2015, the group with the highest suicide rate was construction and extraction workers. They had a rate of 53.2 per 100,000 workers.