17.5 percent of people with a disability employed in 2015
June 24, 2016
The employment–population ratio for people with a disability, at 17.5 percent, edged up in 2015, essentially returning to the 2013 level. The ratio for those with no disability increased to 65.0 percent.
|Year||Total, age 16 and over||Men, ages 16 to 64||Women, ages 16 to 64||Total, age 65 and over|
|With a disability||With no disability||With a disability||With no disability||With a disability||With no disability||With a disability||With no disability|
The lower employment–population ratio among people with a disability reflects, in part, the older age profile of people with a disability; older workers are less likely to be employed regardless of disability status. However, across all age groups, people with a disability were much less likely to be employed than those with no disability.
The employment–population ratios for men ages 16 to 64—both men with a disability and men with no disability—have been higher than the corresponding ratios for women. Over the 2009–15 period, the employment–population ratio for men ages 16 to 64 with a disability showed no clear trend, averaging approximately 30 percent, while the ratio for women ages 16 to 64 with a disability averaged about 25 percent.
Among people with a disability age 65 and over, the employment–population ratio, at 6.7 percent in 2015, was about unchanged from the prior year. For people without a disability, the ratio increased to 23.1 percent for those age 65 and over.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2015" (HTML) (PDF). The employment–population ratio is the number of employed people divided by the number of people in the civilian noninstitutional population, expressed as a percentage. To learn more about statistics on people with a disability, see Demographics: Disability.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 17.5 percent of people with a disability employed in 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/17-point-5-percent-of-people-with-a-disability-employed-in-2015.htm (visited May 25, 2019).
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