Freedom Friday: Poverty, Employment, and the Disability Community
In 2011, 17.8 percent of persons with a disability were employed, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In contrast, the employment-population ratio for persons without a disability was 63.6 percent. Workers with a disability were more likely than those with no disability to work part time. Among workers with a disability, 33 percent usually worked part time in 2011, compared with 19 percent of workers without a disability. The unemployment rate of persons with a disability was 15.0 percent in 2011, higher than the rate for those with no disability, at 8.7 percent.
Persons with a disability who had completed higher levels of education were more likely to be employed in 2011 than those with less education. However, at all levels of education, persons with a disability were much less likely to be employed than were their counterparts with no disability.
The key to reducing poverty among the general population, including people with disabilities, is employment. So where do you start? A great resource for people with disabilities and employers is:
U.S. Dept of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy