There was a consistent decline in unemployment rate last year, opening at 7.9% in January down to an all-time year low of 7% in November (December data is not yet out), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the figure is still higher than when we started 2008 at 5% a few months before the subprime crisis hit. Clearly, many more Americans would like to land a job, but would they love these jobs to, literally, die for? Check out America’s most dangerous jobs based on the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
#8 Drivers/sales workers, truck drivers: [22.1]
The Job: Move goods across long distances or sell goods on location
The Pay: $27,700
The Hazards: Road incidents, exhaustion
Fleet of trucks with drivers for Winn & Lovett Grocery Company in 1947. In 1925, Idaho-native William Davis purchased Rockmoor Grocery in Miami. He later purchased the Lively Stores (1931) and the Winn & Lovett stores (1939), a name his sons used as their company name. In 1944, the Winn & Lovett Company headquartered in Jacksonville. In 1955, they merged with Dixie Home Store to form Winn-Dixie Supermarkets. Photographs courtesy of the Robert E. Fisher collection and the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/167338