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Jobless Rate For People With Disabilities Sees Little Change


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The employment picture remained largely steady for people with disabilities in March even as the economy as a whole posted big job gains bolstered by temporary work.

The unemployment rate among people with disabilities was 13.9 in March, compared to 13.8 percent the previous month. Meanwhile, the number of people with disabilities considered “in the labor force” — or those who are employed or are seeking work — grew.

Overall, the economy gained 162,000 jobs in March, but many of those employment opportunities are temporary with the Census alone hiring 48,000 new temporary workers. Further, the job boost did little to alter the unemployment picture even among the general population, with unemployment dropping to 10.1 percent from 10.3 percent in February. These numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

The Department of Labor began tracking employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. The data covers people with disabilities over the age of 16 who do not live in institutions. The first employment report specific to this population was made available in February 2009. Now, reports are released monthly.

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  1. jward52 says:

    This is NOTHING New America! – I have been commenting on several News sites about this serious problem,- of NO improvements in Disabled Workers Employment. How sad and utterly Wrong America. Our,- or so-called “OUR” CONGRESS seems to still Discriminate against the DISABLED! – And the also so-called State Vov-Rehabs do NOT help either. – Appalling to the MAX! – For example,- the Ohio RSC / BVR seems lost and unaware about assisting he Disabled to return to Work, or to become Self-Employed. da!? – The Ohio BVR still offers little “CHOICE” to the Disabled Clients.- And in writing IPE’s, the Client has to ‘obey’ the Counselors, or are Not accepted as intelligent enough to make decisions themselves. – President OBAMA, and CONGRESS should investigate these Discriminatory State Vocational Rehabilitation Bureaus Immediately! – But then – CONGRESS also needs investigated for mis-direction, and waste of Legislated $Funds, that supposedly were intended to assist the DISABLED to get back to Employment / Self-Employment. – And the ‘Ticket-to-Work’ Program does NO better. – Does CONGRESS and President OBAMA really care,- or really know the Truth about what is going on? – We Disabled doubt it. — jward52

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