Amid signs of continued improvement in the overall job market, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities dropped as well, government figures indicate.
The jobless rate for people with disabilities fell to 10 percent in April, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday. That’s a significant decline from 11.7 percent the month prior.
A confluence of factors appear to be responsible for the drop in unemployment. While fewer individuals with disabilities were deemed “unemployed,” changes in the total population of Americans with disabilities measured as well as the number of people seeking work affected the figures.
The jobless rate for the general population also improved, falling just slightly to 5.4 percent, 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.