WEST ORANGE, NJ -- (Marketwired) -- 10/22/13 -- When compared with last year's data, a higher percentage of people with disabilities are employed, while a lower percentage of people without disabilities are participating in the labor force, 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).
In Bureau of Labor Statistics' "first-Friday" data released Tuesday, October 22, the employment-to-population ratio increased slightly from 27.7 percent in September 2012 to 27.8 percent in September 2013 (up 0.4 percent; 0.1 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. "This change indicates that a slightly larger proportion of people with disabilities are working, which is the first time since May that we have seen optimistic news," 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 was roughly the same -- 70.8 percent in September 2012 and 70.9 percent in September 2013. 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).
In addition, the percent actively looking for work decreased slightly for people with disabilities, from 4.8 percent in September 2012 to 4.7 percent in September 2013 (down 2.9 percent; 0.1 percentage points). "This reflects that some of the people with disabilities found jobs, because the labor force participation rate held steady, meaning the people are not exiting the labor force," according to John O'Neill, Ph.D., Kessler Foundation's Director of Employment and Disability Research. In contrast, for people without disabilities the percentage looking for work decreased from 5.7 percent in September 2012 to 5.2 percent in September 2013 (down 7.9 percent; 0.5 percentage points). The percent 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).
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