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Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Data on Persons with a Disability from Current Population Survey Supplement

April 24, 2013
Source: U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report entitled "Persons with a Disability: Barriers to Employment, Types of Assistance, and Other Labor-Related Issues May 2012," which indicates that in May 2012, half of all persons with a disability who were not working reported some type of barrier to employment.

Lack of education or training, lack of transportation, the need for special features at the job, and a person's own disability were among the barriers reported. Among persons with a disability who were employed, over half had some difficulty completing their work duties because of their disability.

These findings were obtained from a supplement to the May 2012 Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households that obtains information on national employment and unemployment for the civilian non-institutional population age 16 and over, including information on persons with a disability.

News release: Persons with a Disability: Barriers to Employment, Types of Assistance, and Other Labor-Related Issues May 2012 (PDF 20 pages)

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Link: Go to website for News Source
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/dissup.nr0.htm


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