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More Americans with disabilities were on the job in October, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.

For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities fell. Government statistics show that the jobless rate hit 12.9 percent in October, down from 13.5 percent the previous month.

At the same time, the economy added 171,000 jobs in October, a higher than expected number, as unemployment for the general population remained relatively unchanged at 7.9 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. Jana French says:

    I wish I felt this was true. I’ve been disabled since 09, because of seizures and every job I apply for, Im denied. I do tell them about my seizures because I am honest. But I can’t drive and I need something to do before I go crazy in this house.

  2. Ryan says:

    As reported here, there were 171,000 jobs added but other news agencies also report there were also 170,000 jobs lost in other areas so the net change is 0.

  3. shelley Laysi says:


  4. Mike says:

    Jana: No need to let anyone know about your disability until a job offer. In fairness to employers do not seek work where your disability puts you or others in harms way or where you cannot perform the essential duties of the job. Open up about your need for reasonable accommodations once an offer has been made.

  5. BidServices says:

    That is great news. People with disabilities can be more competitive than what we expect.

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