November Jobs Report Brings Mixed Signals For People With Disabilities
Unemployment among people with disabilities declined in November, but the good news could be misleading as the number of people in the workforce dropped as well.
The rate of unemployment fell to 14.1 percent in November compared to 16.5 percent in October for people with disabilities, the Labor Department said Friday. These numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
At the same time, fewer people with disabilities were considered to be in the labor force. That means that less people were actively seeking employment.
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Meanwhile, employment remained relatively steady for the rest of the population.
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.