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AOCBC-6.1 Data Details

AOCBC-6.1 Reduce the unemployment rate among adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
percent (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year)
35.0 (2008)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of adults aged 18 – 64 years with doctor-diagnosed arthritis who report being unemployed
Number of adults aged 18 -64 years with doctor-diagnosed arthritis
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey:


Which of the following {were/was} [PERSON] doing last week?

  1. Working for pay at a job or business
  2. With a job or business but not at work
  3. Looking for work
  4. Working, but not for pay, at a job or business
  5. Not working at a job or business


Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Persons are considered employed if they answered “yes” to “working at a job or business” or “with a job or business but not at work.”

Age Adjustment

This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

  • Total: 18-44, 45-64
  • Sex: 18-44, 45-64
  • Race/Ethnicity: 18-44, 45-64
  • Educational Attainment: 25-44, 45-64
  • Family Income: 18-44, 45-64
  • Family Type: 18-44, 45-64
  • Country of Birth: 18-44, 45-64
  • Disability Status: 18-44, 45-64
  • Geographic Location: 18-44, 45-64
  • Health Insurance Status: 18-44, 45-64
  • Marital Status: 18-44, 45-64


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Arthritis Foundation, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Arthritis Action Plan: A Public Health Strategy. Atlanta, Georgia: Arthritis Foundation, 1999.
  2. Arthritis Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis. Atlanta, Georgia: Arthritis Foundation, 2010.
  3. United States Bone and Joint Decade: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2008.