Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the US

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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.

#6 Refuse, recyclable material collectors: [27.1]

The Job: Collect, compact and move trash
The Pay: $35,200
The Hazards: Hazardous materials, heavy equipment, road incidents

A City of Jacksonville garbage truck at the 5th & Cleveland Street incinerator in Durkeeville in 1953. Photograph courtesy of the Robert E. Fisher collection and the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

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