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In the Know: Persons with Disabilities: Labor Force Characteristics Summary

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD Center Resource Center

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Our nation's economy continues to improve, the overall unemployment rate continues to fall and businesses are hiring at rates near pre-Great Recession levels. Unfortunately, however, the employment situation for people with disabilities is largely unchanged. As a result, the unemployment rate for the disability community is considerably higher than that for workers without disabilities.

This report, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), captures the labor force characteristics in 2013 for persons with disabilities. The report found 17.6 percent of people with disabilities were employed as compared to 64 percent for people without disabilities. In addition, the report found that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities stood at 13.2 percent last year, nearly double the percentage for people without disabilities (7.1 percent). The report also found that people with disabilities who were employed were also more likely to be self-employed than people without disabilities. 

For more information and to read the report and data, please click here to access BLS' press release

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