DISABLED FARE POORLY IN JOB MARKET

January Disability Employment Statistics Released

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has released the first disability employment statistics for 2012. 

Labor force participation for people with disabilities was 20.0 percent, compared to 68.9 percent for people without disabilities, while the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 12.9, compared to 8.7 for people without disabilities. 

Among youth age 16-19, the employment rate was 15.0 percent for those with disabilities, compared to 23.6 for those with no disabilities.  For youth age 20-24, the employment rate was 26.7 percent for those with disabilities, compared to 61.0 for those with no disabilities.

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Detailed information on the state of employment for disabled American workers can be found at: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/DisabilityEmploymentStatistics.htm