Employment of people with disabilities in 2013

June 26, 2014

In 2013, 17.6 percent of people with a disability were employed. In contrast, the employment–population ratio for those without a disability was 64.0 percent. The employment–population ratio was little changed from 2012 to 2013 for both groups.

Employment–population ratios of people with and without disabilities, by age, 2013 annual averages

 

Employment–population ratios of people with and without a disability, by age, 2013 annual averages
AgeWith a disabilityWith no disability

16 years and older

17.664.0

16 to 19 years

13.427.1

20 to 24 years

31.062.9

25 to 34 years

35.777.0

35 to 44 years

31.779.9

45 to 54 years

26.980.4

55 to 64 years

23.267.7

65 years and older

6.922.4

 

The lower employment–population ratio among people with a disability is due, in part, to the large share of people with a disability who were age 65 and older. Older people are less likely to be employed than are people in younger age groups. Across all age groups, however, people with a disability were much less likely to be employed than those with no disability.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1076.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment of people with disabilities in 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140626.htm (visited August 30, 2016).

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