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Do These Odds Still Hold True? #2

In 1996, it was claimed that the risk of an adult (over 16) losing his or her job in the next year was 1 in 33.

Also, by profession in 1996, the following claims were made:

  • 1 in 116: Risk of a doctor losing his or her job in the next year
  • 1 in 82: Risk of a lawyer losing his or her job in the next year
  • 1 in 41: Risk of a postal worker losing his or her job in the next year
  • 1 in 40: Risk of an accountant losing his or her job in the next year
  • 1 in 22: Risk of a bus driver losing his or her job in the next year
  • 1 in 8: Risk of a farmer losing his or her job in the next year

Your Task: Do you think these "risk" odds remain true today? How about in September of 2009? If they are not true, what odds do you think are true? Do some research and justify your conclusions.

Source: "A Fistful of Risks," Discover, May 1996, p. 82