Labor Department report shows employment rate for people with disabilities falls to 21%

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has released disability employment statistics for December showing that the percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 21.0. By comparison, the percentage of persons with no disability in the labor force was 69.6. The unemployment rate for those with disabilities was 14.3 percent, compared with 8.9 percent for persons with no disability, not seasonally adjusted. (The apparent discrepancy between the 21% employment rate and 14.3 % unemployment has to do with how unemployment is defined. Not being in the labor force is not the same thing as being “unemployed”. People are classified as unemployed if they had no employment during the reference week; they were available for work at that time; and they made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week.)
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