New Data Shows More People With Disabilities Out Of Work
The unemployment rate among people with disabilities climbed back up in January after a two month decline, the Labor Department reported Friday.
Last month, unemployment reached 15.2 percent, up from 13.8 percent in December among Americans with disabilities. In comparison, unemployment also grew among the rest of the population, but not nearly as high. In January, unemployment reached 10.4 percent versus a rate of 9.5 percent in December for the general population.
Variances in seasonal work opportunities could play a role in the changing employment landscape since these numbers are not seasonally adjusted. Typically researchers need several years worth of data to calculate seasonally adjusted employment rates.
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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.