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More people with disabilities were without work in May, the Labor Department said Friday.

In the agency’s monthly employment report, federal officials indicated that unemployment grew to 12.9 percent for Americans with disabilities in May, up slightly from 12.5 percent the previous month.

The news comes as the nation saw its slowest job growth in a year, with just 69,000 jobs added to the economy last month. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for the general population remained relatively steady at 8.2 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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Comments (3 Responses)

  1. Tim Lewis says:

    I am disabled and was born that way. I cannot change it. I hate it! This article really does tell the state of the economic condition that the disabled are really in! I have been looking for work since 2008 and I have had 3 temp jobs that didn’t last since my big layoff in 2008. I have gone thru 2 job counselors thru my Rehabilitation Office here in Michigan. I will be having to break in a new job counselor in the next few weeks. I am so frustrated and upset. I have put out applications, and Resumes and all……still Nothing! What do I have to do? I don’t get it! Why is it that the disabled are the last ones to be hired? This needs to change majorly! and fast!

  2. Jon K. Evans says:

    So what else is new? I am living it!

  3. THERESA MOORE says:

    I AM 48 YRS OLD HAVE A PART TIME JOB HOWEVER FEEL AS IF I AM GEETING PUSHED TO THE SIDE THERE DUE TO MY DISABILTY I WOULD LIKE TO BETTER MY SELF AND TAKE SOME OLINE CLASSES . I AM NOT SURE WHERE TO START AND WHO I CAN TRUST CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS MATTER GOD BLESS THERESA MOORE

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