Fewer (But Still Too Many) Disabled Americans are Unemployed

The unemployment rate for disabled Americans dropped recently, but it’s still way too high.

According to the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment-population ratio for persons with a disability edged up in 2015, and the ratio for persons without a disability continued to increase.

The unemployment rate for persons with a disability fell to 10.7% in 2015, and the rate for those without a disability declined to 5.1%.

As you can see, the unemployment rate for disabled Americans is still more than twice that of the non-disabled population.

There was a time when this ratio would have been much higher; progress is clearly being made.

It’s also the case that certain disabilities may cause a person to be unable to do the work they once did. This happens, for instance, when a construction worker is injured on the job, becomes permanently disabled and unable to do the types of physical work he/she once did.

But despite these caveats, it’s clear that more needs to be done to bring disabled Americans who wish to work, into the workforce. The progress is great, but it has to continue.

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