New government data shows Utah has the eighth-highest middle-aged suicide rate in the country.
The 220 suicides in Utah in 2010 marked a 28-percent increase from a decade earlier _ mirroring the startling national rise in suicides by middle-age Americans. The uptick came during a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis.
Utah’s rate of 25 suicides per 100,000 residents ages 35-64 is among the highest in the country. Wyoming leads the way with 31 per 100,000 people; Nevada was second at 29.
Maryland, New York and New Jersey have the lowest rate of 12 per 100,000 residents.
The report was released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Utah reported 131 adult suicides in 1999, which equated to the fifth-highest rate in the country at that time.