National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) – A Year in Review and 2015 Outlook

The 2014 NDEAM theme, EXPECT.EMPLOY.EMPOWER. appears in large white letters at the center of the poster on a blue backdrop of a collage of images of people with disabilities in a variety of work settings. On the right side is a large image from the back of a female wheelchair user. On the back of her chair are the words What can YOU do? The words at the bottom on a silver banner include National Disability Employment Awareness Month, DOL’s logo with the words Office of Disability Employment Policy United States Department of Labor and ODEP’s website: www.dol.gov/odep.Although the overall outlook for people with disabilities seeking employment in 2014 was tough, the last three months showed significant improvement that will hopefully lead into a more positive 2015. The employment-to-population ratio for 2014 declined to an average of 26.0 percent, falling from 26.8 percent in 2013. Additionally, the average monthly labor force participation rate dropped from 31.4 percent in 2013 to 30.2 percent in 2014. While these average numbers do not show a positive trend for people with disabilities in employment, October through December showed an increase in employment-to-population ratio than in those months respectively in 2013. December also had a higher labor force participation rate since December 2013.Hopefully these positive trends will continue into 2015.