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Jobs Picture Improves for People with Disabilities

October 22, 2013
Source: Disability scoop

For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities fell in September to 13.1 percent. Thatís down from 14.1 percent the month prior. Meanwhile, the jobless rate for the general population remained relatively steady at 7.2 percent as the economy added 148,000 jobs. The news comes in the Labor Departmentís monthly employment report, which was originally scheduled for release Oct. 4, but was delayed until now due to the government shutdown. Federal officials began tracking employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. There is not yet enough data compiled to establish seasonal trends among this population, so statistics for this group are not seasonally adjusted. Data on people with disabilities covers those over the age of 16 who do not live in institutions. The first employment report specific to this population was made available in February 2009. Now, reports are released monthly.

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