The jobless rate for people with disabilities improved somewhat last month, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.

The unemployment rate fell to 12.1 percent in July, down from 12.9 percent the month prior, as more Americans with disabilities were employed.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department said the economy added 209,000 jobs in July. Unemployment ticked up just slightly for the general population to 6.2 percent.

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Federal officials 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.

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