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Fishing Has The Highest Fatality Rate Among U.S. Careers

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Today's dismal unemployment situation has many people reconsidering their livelihoods. The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released some data that might help rule out some careers: its annual look at deaths on the job.

By far the deadliest profession is fisherman, with some 200 deaths per 100,000 workers last year, the BLS says. That's three times more deadly than the next-deadliest career: logger, with 61.8 deaths per 100,000. And fishing doesn't even pay that well— about $23,600 a year. Fishing was the deadliest job last year too.

For a reader-friendly evaluation of the country's least-safe occupations, look at CNN Money.