Unemployment among Americans with disabilities is on the rise, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The jobless rate for those with disabilities hit 14.2 percent in June. That’s up from 13.6 percent the month prior.
In addition to the uptick in the number of people without work, the Labor Department also noted an increase in individuals with disabilities who stopped looking for jobs.
Meanwhile, federal data indicates that the economy as a whole added 195,000 jobs in June. Nonetheless, the unemployment rate for the general population was unchanged at 7.6 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.