business woman at home desk looking at phone with great dismay and hand to forehead Women showed a 46% rise in risk for general anxiety disorder between November and December. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As the physical toll of the pandemic continues to climb, so does the impact on the mental health of the U.S. workforce.

The state of mind of workers does not reflect the optimism and mental health relief hoped for with the availability of COVID-19 vaccines. The risk of depression increased by 48% between November and December, according to the Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition. This level of risk had not been seen since the height of the pandemic last spring. In addition, employees’ focus dropped 62%, which is a record low since the inception of the research in February 2020.

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