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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.

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  1. Thomas C. Wood in Salem, NH says:

    I already know about this.

    Since October of 2001, when I lost my last job, I never found another job, even with me having a 4 year engineering degree as a person with Mild Autism & Mild Cerebral Palsy.

    The New Hampshire Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Disabled did not assist me either.

    Anyway, since Age 48 in 2006, I have been on Social Security, because nobody wanted to hire me.

  2. Whitney says:

    it is like that everywhere. People with Autism always get shafted. Right now the US workforce values actual social skills that can not be taught not matter what then quality of workers. Yes I resent the people who think that disabilities mean less intelligence or deserve to be second class citizens. I also resent charities who use the disabilities fleece Americans out millions that have little to do with the lives of people with disabilities. Now you wonder why Hackers exist it is because they have symptoms of Autism.

  3. Mark J. Greene says:

    My question is whether are these full time or part time jobs. Many part time jobs pay a person with a disability just enough to lose either their SSI or SSD!, and therefore their health coverage, but won’t pay us enough to be considered a “living wage”. If it’s a full time position, again it might be enough for a person to lose their benefits, but still not enough to live on. And the issue of health insurance is still questionable. It’s only when we are able to make a “living wage” that won’t cost us our healthcare benefits that persons with disabilities are going to be able to get off the unemployment rolls and be able to fully participate in society.

  4. Whitney says:

    I think the problem is getting a job whether it is part time or full time is irrelevant to as wages they earn. Right now American companies are going over seas for cheap or next to slave labor to manufacture things for example in China. With Autism most sheltered programs are geared towards low functioning and then the regular people resent high functioning because of the computer jobs. In some complaints I heard that the people with Autism who are trained to programming fields are stealing jobs from regular people who need. Never mind that people with Autism need jobs as much as next person but there is resentment from non-disabled community. Or person with Autism does not need to make the same amount of money as non-disabled. There is an inherent discrimination in the work force.

  5. Anna Winter says:

    I am born with disabilities,like a jig-saw puzzlesI have.Worked a few jobs but not on a daily day would be good or two the next,then two or three not. A lot of people or companies Bussiness might already their quoata,some find a loop hole togrt around it.

  6. Kristina says:

    Yet New York State wants to phase out sheltered workshops which will raise the unemployment percentage among the disabled community even more. I understand that sheltered workshops are geared towards the lower functioning, but what happens when agencies have contracts to produce commodities, and when forced to pay minimum wage instead of sub-minimum, their spending is inflated and then they have to downsize and will not be able to provide the same amount and quality of supports and services to their communities? They will not be able to afford those contracts anymore, and in the long run will not be able to provide jobs to people with significant disabilities. It is a circular effect. How unfortunate that New York State and our government is hurting themselves and people with disabiltiies in the long run because they are not thinking of the circular consequences.

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