Jobs Picture Steady For People With Disabilities
As summer sets in the job situation seems to be improving little for Americans with disabilities, but it also doesn’t appear to be getting any worse, according to statistics released Friday by the Department of Labor.
Unemployment stood at 14.4 percent in June for those with disabilities, down slightly from 14.7 percent in May. That, as the the nation as a whole lost 125,000 jobs, including 225,000 temporary positions at the Census bureau.
Meanwhile, the jobless rate increased a bit for the rest of the population, reaching 9.4 percent in June, up from 9.1 percent in May.
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The Department of Labor began tracking employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. There is not yet enough data compiled to establish seasonal trends within this group, so numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
Employment statistics on people with disabilities cover 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.