The unemployment rate continued to edge upward for people with disabilities in July even as the nation saw its greatest level of job growth in five months.

The jobless rate rose to 13.6 percent in July for those with disabilities, up slightly from 13.3 percent the month prior, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

At the same time, the economy added 163,000 jobs. Nonetheless, the unemployment rate for the general population remained relatively unchanged, ticking up to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent in June.

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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.