Jobs Report Suggests More With Disabilities Unemployed
After trending down for the better part of the year, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities ticked back up with the start of the summer.
The jobless rate for people with disabilities rose to 12.1 percent in June, a rise from 9.7 percent the month prior, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The shift comes as the unemployment rate for the general population increased slightly as well reaching 4.9 percent in June despite the economy adding 287,000 jobs during the month.
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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.