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AZ's suicide rate rises among middle-aged

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PHOENIX (AP) -

New government data shows Arizona has one of the highest middle-aged suicide rates in the country.

The 589 suicides in Arizona of people aged 35 to 64 in 2010 marked nearly a 16 percent increase from a decade earlier.

Nationally, the overall middle-aged suicide rate rose by 28 percent from 1999 to 2010. That's a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis.

The suicide report was released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It shows that Arizona had a rate of 24 suicides per 100,000 residents aged 35-64 in 2010.

Wyoming had the highest rate with 31 middle-aged suicides per 100,000 people while Nevada ranked second at 29.

In 1999, Arizona reported 375 adult suicides. That's a rate of 21 suicides per 100,000 residents.

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