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Table 4 Individual and Societal Productivity Losses*

From: The economic impact of chronic fatigue syndrome

  Women (years) Men (years) Total
  18–34 35–49 50–69 Total 18–34 35–49 50–69 Total  
Predicted Employment Rate (%)          
   CFS 69.8 56.5 43.1 54.8 63.6 74.0 49.6 63.3 56.3
   Non-fatigue 83.9 79.1 60.5 72.5 85.9 94.2 76.2 86.1 74.9
U.S. Employment Rate (%) 76.9 79.5 59.1 72.5 87.6 91.8 72.0 84.6 78.4
Household Productivity§          
   CFS $8,502 $9,703 $7,764 $8,495 $8,536 $9,629 $7,100 $8,513 $8,498
   Non-fatigue $14,403 $15,986 $13,852 $14,577 $9,208 $9,853 $7,285 $8,907 $13,572
Labor Force Productivity**          
   CFS $3,891 $13,999 $9,442 $8,932 $19,179 $45,016 $30,862 $30,828 $12,813
   Non-fatigue $20,140 $31,664 $22,121 $24,001 $26,973 $64,440 $50,429 $45,607 $27,831
Overall Productivity          
   CFS $12,394 $23,702 $17,207 $17,427 $27,715 $54,645 $37,962 $39,341 $21,311
   Non-fatigue $34,543 $47,649 $35,974 $38,578 $36,181 $74,292 $57,714 $54,513 $41,403
Individual Loss††          
   Household Productivity $5,901 $6,283 $6,088 $6,081 $672 $224 $185 $394 $5,073
   Labor Force Productivity $16,249 $17,664 $12,679 $15,070 $7,794 $19,424 $19,566 $14,779 $15,018
Total Loss $22,149 $23,947 $18,767 $21,151 $8,466 $19,648 $19,752 $15,173 $20,092
Number of Individuals with CFS 114,373 97,416 162,101 373,891 32,436 26,579 21,533 80,548 454,439
Total Societal Loss (Millions) $2,533 $2,333 $3,042 $7,908 $275 $522 $425 $1,222 $9,130
  1. * Numbers may not sum exactly due to rounding. The microsimulation estimated Employment rates by age and sex based on data from Wichita, Kansas. These means were then weighted to reflect the age and sex distribution of the U.S. population using population estimates from the March Supplement to the Current Population Survey, 2002. Based on the March Supplement to the Current Population Survey, 2002. § Hours of household productivity valued at the mean hourly earnings of service industry worker, and estimate based in 2002 dollars and increased by 33.8 percent to reflect the value of fringe benefits. ** Estimated personal earnings in 2002 dollars increased by 33.8 percent to reflect the value of fringe benefits. †† The individual losses represent the difference between mean productivity with CFS and in absence of CFS.