August 31, 2010
In 2009, the employment-population ratio—the proportion of the population that is employed—was 19.2 percent for persons with a disability.
Among those with no disability, the ratio was much higher (64.5 percent).
In part, this reflects the older age profile of persons with a disability; older individuals—regardless of disability status—are less likely to be employed than those with no disability. However, across all age groups, persons with a disability were much less likely to be employed than those with no disability.
This is the first news release focusing on the employment status of persons with a disability. The information in this release was obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS). Beginning in June 2008, questions were added to the CPS that were designed to identify persons with a disability in the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over, and 2009 is the first calendar year for which annual averages are available. To learn more, see "Persons with a disability: Labor force characteristics—2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-1172.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Employment among the disabled by age in 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20100831.htm (visited September 18, 2014).
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