More People With Disabilities Employed In December
December brought a hint of good job news for people with disabilities, the Labor Department reported Friday.
For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate declined for people with disabilities falling to 13.8 percent, down from 14.1 percent in November. Meanwhile unemployment rose from 9.2 percent to 9.5 percent among the rest of the population. These numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
The drop in December was coupled with a rise in the number of employed people while the number of people who are not seeking work appeared to remain steady. That marks an improvement over the situation in November when a drop in unemployment was accompanied by a decrease in the number of people with disabilities looking for work.
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The Department of Labor began tracking employment among 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 2009. Now, reports are released monthly.