Table 3

Occupational characteristics of subjects by airway disease diagnosis

COPD n (%)Asthma alone n (%)No chronic airway disease n (%)p-value
Subjects n3771291555
Ever in labour force345 (92)120 (93)1412 (91)0.7
Currently employed71 (19)39 (30)488 (31)<0.001
Longest-held job0.1
 Managerial/professional84 (22)44 (34)432 (28)
 Technical10 (3)4 (3)34 (2)
 Sales/administration/support87 (23)28 (22)396 (26)
 Service/military70 (19)17 (13)218 (14)
 Manufacture/agriculture/labourer94 (25)27 (21)332 (21)
No labour force participation32 (8)9 (7)143 (9)
  • COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease