Did you know that it wasn’t until October of 2008 that the U.S. Department of Labor began tracking employment of people with disabilities? Their employment reports, now specific to this population, cover people with disabilities over the age of 16 who do not live in institutional settings.
I mention this because according to the Department of Labor, the rate of unemployment among this population dipped to 13.8 percent in February compared to 15.2 percent the previous month. In the meantime, the number of people with disabilities in the labor force also grew. The trend was similar, though not as great, among the rest of the population where the unemployment rate went down slightly to 10.3 percent from 10.4 percent.
For those interested, the Department of Labor now releases these segment specific employment reports on a monthly basis.
Let’s keep the good news going!