Workers with a disability more concentrated in service occupations than those with no disability
October 10, 2017
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which celebrates the work contributions of Americans with a disability and tries to raise public understanding about the employment difficulties people with a disability often face. In 2016, there were about 5.4 million people with a disability employed in the United States. People with a disability were more likely to work in service occupations than those with no disability (21.3 percent, compared with 17.6 percent).
|Occupation||With a disability, total||With no disability, total||With a disability, men||With no disability, men||With a disability, women||With no disability, women|
Management, professional, and related occupations
Sales and office occupations
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations
Workers with a disability were more likely than those with no disability to work in production, transportation, and material moving occupations (14.6 percent, compared with 11.6 percent). People with a disability were less likely to work in management, professional, and related occupations than those without a disability (31.7 percent, compared with 39.5 percent).
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2016" (HTML) (PDF). To learn more, see our page of data on people with a disability.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Workers with a disability more concentrated in service occupations than those with no disability on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/workers-with-a-disability-more-concentrated-in-service-occupations-than-those-with-no-disability.htm (visited January 28, 2020).
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