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Significant Drop Seen in Disability Unemployment Rate

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on October 27, 2016. 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor released figures proving the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities showed a steep decline. The jobless rate within the disabled community fell an astounding 8.7 percent. This is significantly lower than the previous month which was at 11.3 percent. The new figures reflect an increase of people with disabilities entering the workforce.

The figures have boosted morale in the disabled community, while the general population showed an increase in the overall unemployment rate by 5 percent. The U.S. Department of Labor revealed 156,000 jobs were added to the economy. However, the increase in job opportunity didn’t change the general population figures.

According to John O’Neill, director of employment and disability research at Kessler Foundation, “The continuous improvement in the figures for people with disabilities joining the workforce compared to the general population shows the disabled community is outpacing the general population on a consistent basis.”

In October 2008 Federal officials started tracking and gathering data regarding employment among people with disabilities. Officials have continued gathering information on an annual basis. However, the data that has been compiled so far is not able to reveal established trends yet. Officials are hoping to establish trends in the near future and release it to the public.

Tracking continues until the figures are able to report seasonal adjustments for the disabled community. Currently, reports are released on a monthly basis. The data that is reported on a monthly basis covers those with disabilities who do not live in institutions and are over the age of 16.

The U.S. Census Bureau Survey of Income and Program Participation revealed 48.9 million non-institutionalized disabled people are capable of performing job duties. People in the disabled community are finding new opportunities at accessible university campuses that will help them further their career. Learning specific job skills and earning a degree is at the top of many disabled people’s priority list.  

The new figures are promising for people with disabilities. It gives hope to the disabled community that the potential for employment is gradually improving. It shows signs that companies are becoming more comfortable with hiring disabled people that qualify for a variety of positions.

Advocates continue to bring attention towards the employment issues in the disabled community. Disabled people have been overlooked for job opportunities for centuries, even though they have the skills to perform the job. The new figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor show that doors are being opened for disabled people in the workplace.

The Americans with Disability Act of 1990 has helped disabled people have a variety of employment options. The ADA states that discrimination in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities is prohibited. This includes private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor organizations and labor-management committees.

The Americans with Disabilities Act also covers employment practices such as recruitment, hiring, firing, promotions, training, job assignments, benefits, pay and all other employment related activities.

The disabled community continues to keep a close eye on the U.S. Department of Labor figures. Advocates and members of the disabled community are hoping to see significant drops in the disability unemployment rate.

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