The number of people with disabilities in the workforce is ticking up, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.

Figures from the agency’s monthly employment report indicate that more Americans with disabilities were employed in May than the month prior, though the unemployment rate for this population remained largely unchanged at 10.1 percent.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department reported that 280,000 jobs were added to the economy as a whole and the employment rate for the general population also remained steady at 5.5 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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