The unemployment rate for people with disabilities declined slightly in April, though that’s partly due to a decrease in the number of people in this population considered to be in the workforce, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor. This continues a trend from March.

Unemployment dropped to 12.9 percent in April, down from 13.1 percent in March. Meanwhile, unemployment among the general population also fell from 8.9 percent in March to 8.4 percent in April. These numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

The Department of Labor began tracking employment for people with disabilities in October 2008. The data covers people with disabilities over the age of 16 who do not live in institutions. The first employment report specific to this population was made available in February. Now, reports are released monthly.

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Previous stories on this topic:

Fewer People With Disabilities Unemployed In March, But Gains Don’t Tell Whole Story (April 3, 2009)

Job Numbers Grim For People With Disabilities Too (March 6, 2009)

Scoop Essentials: Beating The Employment Odds (February 16, 2009)

In First Employment Report, People With Disabilities Faring Poorly (February 6, 2009)