Disappointing Results for Disability Employment Data in August

Disability Employment

Author: Kessler Foundation | Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire
Published: 2013/09/07 - Updated: 2022/01/19
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: New data report shows employment ratio decreased from 27% in August 2012 to 26.4% in August 2013 for working age people with disabilities. The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population (the number of people working divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100). Last month's TIDE Update, issued on August 2, 2013, suggested mixed results in the engagement of people with disabilities in the workforce, as indicated by a rise in labor force participation but a decline in the percentage that were working.

Introduction

When compared with last year's data, a smaller percentage of people with disabilities is working and fewer are participating in the labor force, while a higher percentage are looking for work, according to today's Trends in Disability Employment - National Monthly Update (TIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

Main Digest

In Bureau of Labor Statistics' "first-Friday" data released Friday, September 6, the employment-to-population ratio decreased from 27.0% in August 2012 to 26.4% in August 2013 (down 2.2%; 0.6 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities.

"This change indicates that a lesser proportion of people with disabilities are working, which is consistent with last month's TIDE report," added Andrew Houtenville, Ph.D., UNH-IOD Associate Professor of Economics. "This was not true for people without disabilities."

For people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio increased slightly from 70.5% in August 2012 to 71.0% in August 2013 (up 0.7%; 0.5 percentage points). The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population (the number of people working divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100).

Furthermore, the labor force participation rate results were also disappointing for people with disabilities.

The rate decreased from 31.9% in August 2012 to 31.4% in August 2013 (down 1.6%; 0.5 percentage points). The labor force participation rate is the percentage of people who are working or actively looking for work. Only a slight decrease was seen among people without disabilities - from 76.6% to 76.5% (down 0.1%; 0.1 percentage points).

"Fewer people with disabilities are engaged in the labor force, which is discouraging," according to John O'Neill, Ph.D., Kessler Foundation's Director of Employment and Disability Research.

In addition, the percentage actively looking for work increased slightly for people with disabilities, from 4.8% in August 2012 to 5.0% in August 2013 (up 3.3%; 0.2 percentage points).

"This reflects that some of the people with disabilities that are losing their jobs are looking for work. The decline in the labor force participation rate means that the percentage looking is not going up because people are re-entering the labor force," said Dr. Houtenville.

In contrast, for people without disabilities the percentage looking for work decreased from 6.2% in August 2012 to 5.5% in August 2013 (down 10.6%; 0.7 percentage points). The% looking for work reflects the percentage of people who are looking for work relative to the total population (the number of people looking for work divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100).

"These numbers are not seasonally adjusted," noted Dr. O'Neill. "The collection of disability employment statistics began a few years ago, and it will take some time for seasonal trends to become evident."

Last month's TIDE Update, issued on August 2, 2013, suggested mixed results in the engagement of people with disabilities in the workforce, as indicated by a rise in labor force participation but a decline in the percentage that were working. The next Trends in Disability Employment - National Update will be issued on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Trends in Disability Employment - National Update is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (H133B120006), and Kessler Foundation.

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