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Employment–population ratio for people with a disability increases to 21.3 percent in 2022

February 28, 2023

In 2022, both the labor force participation rate (23.1 percent) and the employment–population ratio (21.3 percent) for people with a disability increased. Both measures are the highest they have been since these data were first reported in 2008. The unemployment rate for people with a disability decreased by 2.5 percentage points to 7.6 percent in 2022.

Selected labor market measures for people with and without a disability, 2009–2022 annual averages
Year With a disability With no disability
Labor force participation rate Employment–population ratio Unemployment rate Labor force participation rate Employment–population ratio Unemployment rate

2009

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

2010

21.8 18.6 14.8 70.1 63.5 9.4

2011

20.9 17.8 15.0 69.7 63.6 8.7

2012

20.6 17.8 13.4 69.4 63.9 7.9

2013

20.3 17.6 13.2 68.9 64.0 7.1

2014

19.5 17.1 12.5 68.7 64.6 5.9

2015

19.5 17.5 10.7 68.5 65.0 5.1

2016

20.0 17.9 10.5 68.5 65.3 4.6

2017

20.6 18.7 9.2 68.6 65.7 4.2

2018

20.8 19.1 8.0 68.4 65.9 3.7

2019

20.8 19.3 7.3 68.7 66.3 3.5

2020

20.5 17.9 12.6 67.1 61.8 7.9

2021

21.3 19.1 10.1 67.1 63.7 5.1

2022

23.1 21.3 7.6 67.8 65.4 3.5

The employment–population ratio for people with no disability was 65.4 percent in 2022. The lower employment–population ratio among people with a disability (21.3 percent) reflects, in part, the older age profile of people with a disability; older workers are less likely to be employed regardless of disability status. The unemployment rate for people with a disability (7.6 percent) was about twice as high as the rate for people with no disability (3.5 percent).

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2022.” For more statistics on people with a disability, see the Disability section of our Demographic Characteristics page.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment–population ratio for people with a disability increases to 21.3 percent in 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/employment-population-ratio-for-people-with-a-disability-increases-to-21-3-percent-in-2022.htm (visited April 14, 2024).

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