Jobs Data Mixed For People With Disabilities
Unemployment among Americans with disabilities dipped to the lowest level seen in over two years in November, but the jobs picture wasn’t all rosy.
The jobless rate for those with disabilities fell to 13 percent in November, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday. That’s down from 13.2 percent the month prior and represents the lowest unemployment rate on record for this group since April 2009.
One reason for the decline, however, is that fewer Americans with disabilities were in the labor force, which includes those who are employed or looking for work. So, despite the lower unemployment rate, less people with disabilities were actually working.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Meanwhile, a similar story played out among the general population. Unemployment fell to 8.6 percent, but the drop was due in part to a significant decline in the number of people looking for jobs.
The Labor Department began tracking employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. There is not yet enough data compiled to establish seasonal trends among this population, so statistics for this group are not seasonally adjusted.
Data on people with disabilities covers 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.