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Unemployment rate for people with a disability declines to 7.3 percent in 2019

March 02, 2020

The unemployment rate for people with a disability, at 7.3 percent in 2019, declined by 0.7 percentage point from the previous year. The jobless rate for people with a disability has trended down since 2011.

Selected labor market measures for people with and without a disability, 2009–19 annual averages
Year With a disability, unemployment rate With a disability, employment–population ratio With a disability, labor force participation rate With no disability, unemployment rate With no disability, employment–population ratio With no disability, labor force participation rate

2009

14.5% 19.2% 22.4% 9.0% 64.5% 70.9%

2010

14.8 18.6 21.8 9.4 63.5 70.1

2011

15.0 17.8 20.9 8.7 63.6 69.7

2012

13.4 17.8 20.6 7.9 63.9 69.4

2013

13.2 17.6 20.3 7.1 64.0 68.9

2014

12.5 17.1 19.5 5.9 64.6 68.7

2015

10.7 17.5 19.5 5.1 65.0 68.5

2016

10.5 17.9 20.0 4.6 65.3 68.5

2017

9.2 18.7 20.6 4.2 65.7 68.6

2018

8.0 19.1 20.8 3.7 65.9 68.4

2019

7.3 19.3 20.8 3.5 66.3 68.7

The employment–population ratio (19.3 percent) and the labor force participation rate (20.8 percent) for people with a disability showed little or no movement from 2018 to 2019. Both measures generally have trended up since around 2014, however.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2019.” For more statistics on people with a disability, see the Disability section of our Demographics page.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate for people with a disability declines to 7.3 percent in 2019 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/unemployment-rate-for-people-with-a-disability-declines-to-7-point-3-percent-in-2019.htm (visited August 12, 2020).

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