Bureau of Labor Statistics

Labor force characteristics of persons with a disability in 2010

June 28, 2011

Individuals with a disability were more likely to be unemployed than were those with no disability. The unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 14.5 percent in 2010, well above the figure of 9.0 percent for those with no disability.

Overall unemployment rate and unemployment rate by selected characteristics of those with and without a disability, 2010 annual averages
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Among persons with a disability, the jobless rate for men (15.2 percent) was slightly higher in 2010 than the rate for women (14.3 percent). As is the case among those without a disability, the unemployment rates in 2010 for those with a disability were higher among blacks (22.0 percent) and Hispanics (18.4 percent) than among whites (13.6 percent) and Asians (12.0 percent).

The data on persons with a disability are collected as part of the Current Population Survey, a monthly survey of about 60,000 households that provides statistics on employment and unemployment in the United States. To learn more, see “Persons With A Disability: Labor Force Characteristics—2010” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0921.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Labor force characteristics of persons with a disability in 2010 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110628.htm (visited January 23, 2022).


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