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Jobs Report Finds More With Disabilities Unemployed

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The jobless rate for Americans with disabilities trended sharply upward for the first month of 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.

Unemployment rose to 13.3 percent in January for people with disabilities. That’s up from 11.9 percent the previous month.

Not only were fewer people employed, but government data suggests that more people with disabilities dropped out of the labor force in January, giving up on applying for work entirely.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for the general population fell just slightly to 6.6 percent as 113,000 jobs were added to the economy during the first month of the year.

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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Comments (3 Responses)

  1. marie camp says:

    That is super fantastic news, let us make sure we keep striding and continue and keep advocating.

  2. ripples says:

    We just closed down our sheltered workshops in WA because of a state policy change, so that probably took quite a few people out of the market.

  3. AllisonWBrown says:

    It’s to be expected quite honestly. Most jobs offered to those with disabilities are minimum wage and below jobs. (such as production, temp services via VR, etc.

    The only way those with disabilities are going to get a fair job is if the employer actually is going to be able to see the person able to perform a normal job as well as a normal person but asking that would be discrimination now wouldn’t it? ;)

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