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Job Growth Yields Few Gains For People With Disabilities

By SHAUN HEASLEY

January 7, 2011Text Size A A

The economy added 103,000 jobs in December, but that did little to alter the employment situation for workers with disabilities, the Labor Department said Friday.

The unemployment rate among Americans with disabilities was 14.3 percent for the last month of 2010, dipping slightly from 14.5 percent in November.

This comes as the jobs picture appeared to improve among the general population with unemployment dropping to 9.4 percent, the lowest rate seen in 2010.

The Department of Labor began tracking employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. There is not yet enough data compiled to establish seasonal trends among this population, so statistics for this group are not seasonally adjusted.

Data on people with disabilities cover those over the age of 16 who do not live in institutions. The first employment report specific to this population was made available in February 2009. Now, reports are released monthly.

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