For the third month in a row, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities showed improvement in November, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.
The jobless rate fell to 12.7 percent last month for those with disabilities, down from 12.9 percent the previous month. At the same time, however, fewer people with disabilities were looking for work which is likely responsible, at least in part, for the rate change.
Employment struggles continue to plague those with disabilities to a greater degree than the rest of the population. The economy as a whole added 146,000 jobs in November as general unemployment ticked down to 7.7 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.