Tuesday, August 24, 2010

News: Psychology Today Article on Disability and Unemployment

Jobless rate for adults with disabilities stagnant for 20 years
Employment rates haven't changed since Americans with Disabilities Act passed.
Published on August 23, 2010
The United State Department of Labor reported earlier this month that the national unemployment rate for July 2010 was 9.5 percent, about the same rate as June.

When you look at the finer details, though, things are better for some people, worse for others.

The unemployment rate for white people was 8.6 percent. For African American people it was 15.6 percent and for Hispanic people, 12.1. Unemployment among teenagers was at 26.1 percent. This is all to say that, depending on where you are sitting, 9.5 percent might look pretty good.

How about a 79 percent unemployment rate? A recent survey from the National Organization on Disability reported, "Of all working-age people with disabilities, only 21% say that they are employed, compared to 59% of people without disabilities."

The survey also states that little progress has been made in the area of employment or other quality of life indicators for people with disabilities in the 20 years since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read more at: Psychology Today

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