Largest proportion of workers with a disability work in education and health services in 2014

June 18, 2015

In 2014, the largest proportion of workers with a disability (21.2 percent) worked in education and health services. The smallest share (0.9 percent) worked in the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry. 

Percent distribution of workers with or without a disability by industry, 2014 annual averages
Industry With a disability With no disability
Total Men Women Total Men Women

Total employed

100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Agriculture and related industries

2.7 4.0 1.3 1.5 2.1 0.8

Nonagricultural industries

97.3 96.0 98.7 98.5 97.9 99.2

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

0.9 1.5 0.2 0.7 1.2 0.2

Construction

6.2 10.2 1.4 6.7 11.6 1.3

Manufacturing

10.5 14.2 6.0 10.3 13.7 6.5

Wholesale trade

2.7 3.6 1.6 2.5 3.3 1.6

Retail trade

13.1 12.2 14.3 11.3 11.0 11.6

Transportation and utilities

4.7 6.3 2.8 5.2 7.6 2.5

Information

1.9 1.8 1.9 2.1 2.5 1.8

Financial activities

5.5 4.7 6.4 6.8 6.0 7.7

Professional and business services

10.6 11.4 9.7 11.7 12.9 10.2

Education and health services

21.2 11.3 33.0 22.5 10.7 35.8

Leisure and hospitality

8.8 8.0 9.8 9.2 8.5 10.1

Other services

6.0 5.6 6.5 4.9 4.3 5.5

Public administration

5.2 5.3 5.1 4.6 4.7 4.4

Women with a disability were most likely to work in education and health services (33 percent) and least likely to work in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0.2 percent) in 2014. The largest share of men with a disability (14.2 percent) worked in manufacturing. Like women with a disability, men with a disability were least likely to work in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (1.5 percent).

In 2014, workers with a disability were more likely to work in retail trade than those without a disability (13 percent compared with 11 percent).

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "Persons With a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2014" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Largest proportion of workers with a disability work in education and health services in 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/largest-proportion-of-workers-with-a-disability-work-in-education-and-health-services-in-2014.htm (visited April 25, 2017).

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