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U.S. Dept of Labor Releases First-Ever Report on Workers With Disabilities

By Christina A. Samuels — February 06, 2009 1 min read

The Department of Labor released the first official statistics on the employment status of people with disabilities today. The first set of data covers October 2008 through January 2009; statistics will be updated monthly.

Perhaps not surprisingly, people with disabilities have higher rates of unemployment compared to their non-disabled peers--13.2 percent compared to 8.3 percent.

In November, the Department of Labor also released a survey that measured employer attitudes towards workers with disabilities. That report (pdf) is loaded with interesting information; for example, 33 percent of large companies reported hiring a person with disabilities in the past year, compared to 8 percent of medium sized companies.

Also, public employers are more likely to recruit people with disabilities than their private-sector counterparts. And no more than about 14 percent of companies of any size were aware of the Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network, a service of the Labor Department that assists employers in locating and recruiting qualified workers with disabilities.

Thanks to Disability Scoop for the tip.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.