Disability Employment Shows Improvement
The number of Americans with disabilities who are employed is on the rise, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The agency’s monthly jobs report indicates that unemployment among those with disabilities dipped to 9.3 percent in June, an improvement over the 10.1 percent recorded the month prior.
While an increasing number of people with disabilities are on the job, however, this population continues to struggle when compared to the workforce as a whole. Overall, the economy added 223,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate for the general population fell to 5.3 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.