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Despite the economy adding no new jobs in August, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities dipped after hovering near record high levels for much of the summer.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday that the jobless rate fell to 16.1 percent for those with disabilities in August. That’s down from 16.8 percent the previous month and a record-tying rate of 16.9 percent in June.

The improvement came as the economy as a whole added zero new jobs for the month and unemployment for the general population remained steady at 9.1 percent.

The Labor Department began tracking employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. There is not yet enough data compiled to establish seasonal trends among this population, so statistics for this group are not seasonally adjusted.

Data on people with disabilities covers those 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. ecurra19 says:

    After the report this morning this claim of Job Gains For People With Disabilities is fishy.

  2. lachairman says:

    What can the employment reports mentioned in the article be found?

  3. Sonja says:

    There are other factors to consider: Were the disabled hires given a “living wage”? Were the disabled shunted off to unsavory jobs that people typically don’t fill at sub-minimum wage? What types of jobs were they? How much were they paid? Those are the real figures that I’d like to see. This sub group is discriminated against more than most. Intellectually handicapped individuals are frequently taken advantage of by disreputable employers. Also, what isn’t mentioned is the 75% unemployment rate of disabled veterans. What are we doing to help them find productive, meaningful jobs so they can more easily re-adjust?

  4. says:

    I agree that without the hard data these stats mean nothing. Is there any substance to these claims? I’m not hearing any of this coming from those in the community.

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