The employment situation for Americans with disabilities remains largely static, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor, even as the nation’s economy sees further growth.

The jobless rate for those with disabilities hit 10.5 percent in October. That’s up just slightly from the 10.4 percent rate reported the month prior.

Meanwhile, the economy as a whole is seeing robust growth, with 271,000 jobs added in October, the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report indicates.

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At the same time, the agency said the unemployment rate for the general population dipped to 5 percent.

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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