Foxconn, Suicides and Statistics

The BBC World Service has a programme/podcast called More Or Less where they analyse statistics in the news. Right at the end of the episode, after a discussion on the world's biggest employers, they mention Foxconn and the suicides. Apparently, when you take into account the number of workers, the suicide rate is actually lower than the national average at Foxconn. Far from making workers want to kill themselves, working at Foxconn appears to give the workers more reason to live. Interesting take on the numbers.

It mentions Foxconn at about 8:30

"Suicide rates in China have been put at 15 per 100,000 people. The Foxconn factory employs 400,000 people. 10 suicides per 400,000 people isn't unusually high, it's unusually low.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ph369#synopsis

Thoughts?