September Disability Employment Data

Disabled Commuter, Employment goal pageThis morning the US Department of Labor released employment and unemployment figures for September, including data for people with disabilities. The data show – for people with disabilities age 16 to 64 – a labor force participation rate of 33.1% for men and 29.1% for women. This compares to rates of 82.4% for men and 70.1% for women of the same age group without disabilities. In total, these figures show that a total of 4.9 million working-age people with disabilities were participating in the labor force in September 2014. This is a decline from 5.1 million in September 2013. Stay tuned to the blog throughout this month for more stories about disability employment and how we can work together to push that number to 6 million by the end of 2015.

This infographic from the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability shows the figures:

 

Infographic showing a 4.3% decrease in laborforce particpation rate, 3.2% decrease in employment-population ratio, and 10.6% decrese in people looking for jobs from September 2013 to September 2014.