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Unemployment Declines For Those With Disabilities

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Even as the unemployment rate ticked downward, new data from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that the job situation for Americans with disabilities remains rocky.

The jobless rate for those with disabilities fell to 14.1 percent in August, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s down from 14.7 percent the prior month.

The drop in unemployment, however, may be at least partly due to fewer people with disabilities looking for work, the data indicates.

At the same time, unemployment for the general population dipped to 7.3 percent as the economy added 169,000 jobs, the Labor Department said.

Federal officials 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. Jennifer Hoover says:

    Jobs are out their that for those on SSI or SSDI. But for those like me that get need health insurance; it’s hard. Target is a good place to work. But in the past I did not get health insurance because of working under 20 hour a week. I’m asking what will happen to those like me that can only afford health insurance through work? My disability is not grate enough to get on SSDI. I’m just below LD and Borderline ID.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Jennifer, I think you should have your disability reviewed. Many times people are told that they do not qualify and you DO. There are many government health insurance plans that may be free to you or very low cost. Even if you work..
    Best Wishes
    Carolyn

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