Best, Worst States Named For Disability Employment
For people with disabilities, new figures suggest that the odds of having a job varies dramatically depending on where an individual lives.
While 50 percent of people with disabilities are employed in South Dakota, just half as many are working in West Virginia.
The two states represent the best and worst across the nation when it comes to disability employment, according to the Disability Statistics Annual Report, a by-the-numbers look at how Americans with disabilities are faring produced by the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.
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Nationally, 34.4 percent of those with disabilities ages 18 to 64 who were living in the community were employed in 2014, the report found. That’s less than half the 75.4 percent rate reported for the general population.
Even among those who were employed, the figures which are largely based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, indicate that median wages were just two-thirds of what typically-developing individuals earned.