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Unemployment Ticks Up Among Those With Disabilities


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The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities climbed last month, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.

In August, the jobless rate was 12.8 percent for those with disabilities. That’s up from 12.1 percent the month prior.

The change appeared to be at least partly due to an increase in the overall number of people with disabilities counted in the federal government’s monthly data collection.

At the same time, unemployment among the general population declined slightly to 6.1 percent as the economy added 142,000 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. Joan says:

    There certainly is a plethora of agencies and $$$ out there for transition and job services for the disabled. Unfortunately service providers groom only the “high functioning” individuals, including OVR who looks to fill quotas with the easiest and quickest to place. Whether Down Syndrome or Autism you’d better not fall “just below the bar” i.e. that elusive Mild to Moderate boundary line. I suggest there are numerous individuals that may require a bit longer to train or require a 1:10 ratio of supervision that would make excellent employees. Lack of training programs and soft discrimination I believe are the barriers and add to the unemployment figures. The irony is there IS funding for these individuals to sit all day and socialize with their peers and LEARN to be dependent on the system. Speaking from experience.

  2. Whitney says:

    John it depends on what state you are in. In this State of Texas people with high functioning disability in some areas do not get these services. In Texas in some areas have services for only lowly functioning. I believe that discrimination varies from state to state. I think that a uniform policy must be implemented for all the states on national level because that there is to much difference of level service you can get in one state and the next. Those figures are also inaccurate as well it does not take into account of underemployment and shelter work programs. We need to have level employment for all people.

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