Disability Employment Awareness Month
The month of October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. We feel it is important to dive into statistics on this topic that those living with disabilities face every day. As a law firm we want to strive to fight for those that face these challenges. See below for 20 statistics:
- People with disabilities make up 18.7% of the working age population, yet almost 70% of people with disabilities are unemployed.
- Among unemployed Americans with disabilities, 2 out of 3 want to work.
- The unemployment rate for persons with disabilities between the ages of 16 to 64 and 2019 was 8%. The unemployment rate for the same individuals in 2020 grew to 14.3%.
- According to a US Population Survey in 2019, persons with a disability are less likely to be in the labor force. 79.2% reported not being in the labor force, with just 19.3% reporting being employed.
- Between 2018 and 2019, the labor force participation for those with a disability remained unchanged at just 20.8%.
- Hispanic people with a disability are most likely to be employed at 20.5%, followed by white Americans with disabilities at 19.7%, Asian Americans with disabilities at 18.9% and African Americans with disabilities at 15.6%.
- Persons with a disability who have a bachelor’s degree or higher are most likely to be employed at 28.2%. Those with less than a high school diploma were less likely to become employed at just 9.1%.
- According to a population survey, persons with a disability are most likely to work in sales in office jobs. 22.3% of persons with disabilities employed work in this field. The service industry in the second most popular occupation area for people with disabilities with 20.7% of people with disabilities working in this industry.
- People with disabilities are more likely to work part-time. Among those with disabilities who are employed, 32% are employed part-time compared to those without disabilities who work part-time at 17%.
- A 2018 study found that companies who hired people with disabilities outperformed their peers and saw several improvements, such as becoming 70% more productive, having 30% higher profit margins and 200% higher net income.
- Of those with disabilities who are employed, the median earnings gap between them and people without disabilities is over $10,000 per year.
- The employment gap between people with disabilities and people without disabilities hovers around 40.7%.
- North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming have the highest employment rates for people with disabilities.
- Many people with disabilities who are employed sadly are in the fastest declining occupations, which are service, production and transportation. The fastest growing occupations are management, professional and technical jobs.
- An estimated 386 million of the world’s working age people are disabled.
- Employed people with disabilities are more likely to be self-employed than those without a disability.
- Persons with a disability are less likely to have a bachelor’s degree than those with no disability. People with disabilities with higher education are more likely to be employed.
- Persons with a disability are less likely to work in management, professional and related occupations at 34.1% compared with 41% for people without a disability.
- The portion of workers employed in government positions in 2019 is the same for those without a disability at 13.3%.
- The unemployment rate for men with a disability is the same as women with a disability at 7.3-4%.
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