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Jobs Picture Improves For People With Disabilities


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More Americans with disabilities found jobs last month, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday in a report that was held up for weeks due to the government shutdown.

For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities fell in September to 13.1 percent. That’s down from 14.1 percent the month prior.

Meanwhile, the jobless rate for the general population remained relatively steady at 7.2 percent as the economy added 148,000 jobs.

The news comes in the Labor Department’s monthly employment report, which was originally scheduled for release Oct. 4, but was delayed until now due to the government shutdown.

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. Jon K. Evans says:

    If you accept underemployment and lack of access to training in KEY SKILLSETS, then yes, the job picture for persons with disabilities has improved. More needs to be done. Too many people with disabilities are probably not practicing their professions, or are otherwise not able to get to their full potential because of systematic unemployment among persons with disabilities.

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