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The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities inched higher again in June as the economy continued to lag.

Some 13.3 percent of those with disabilities were jobless in June, according to a monthly employment report from the U.S. Department of Labor released late last week.

That’s an increase from 12.9 percent unemployment the previous month.

Meanwhile, the jobless rate for the general population remained flat at 8.2 percent as the economy added 80,000 new jobs, a figure seen by many as disappointing.

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. Thomas C. Wood says:

    Unsurprised by the news.
    We Autistics, even within the wider disability community have an extremely high unemployment rate.

  2. Rosa H says:

    I don’t think this number is even close. How many people do you know who are unemployed that don’t have disabilities? The job market is sagging for everyone. My son has never collected unemployment and the help he has received through Job Service and the Vocational Rehabilitation program is very limited. He has Asperger’s and is high functioning but that has sometimes worked against him. Continued education?? Where is there funding for that? He’s 19 and he doesn’t quit trying. He has more mojoe than me and I hope someday someone will see what a great young man he is vs. only seeing the areas of struggle.

  3. linda says:

    I find this interesting. I work as a job developer and I have been very successful as finding employment for people. The trick is NETWORKING and developing relationships with places like Chamber and Rotary.

  4. Daisy Crooken says:

    I am not surprised that fewer people with disabilities are able to obtain jobs under the Obama Administration. I am unsure as to why disability advocacy groups continue to support Obama, his track record on jobs for all Americans, including those with disabilities, the middle class, and people of color, is truly awful.

  5. Louis says:

    You can question the president’s record on a variety of issues, however, he has done some very good things in the employment area for those with disabilities at least on the federal level. Schedule A employment allows a qualified candidate with a disability seeking a federal government job to bypass the competitve hiring process which is a huge help. For more information, do a web search on Schedule A employment. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at the size of government) there aren’t as many government jobs as in the past.

  6. Don says:

    Det of ED and RSA should investigate the books for CILs. Most hiring managers are without disabilities, and has no clue of the work in the 4 core services. They just hire non disabled friends.

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