Statistics About People with Disabilities and Employment

Although many people with disabilities are being employed and remaining employed, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is unacceptably high, as shown in the 2010 Disability Status Report – Washington.1 This study found that in Washington state 76.7 percent of adults without disabilities were working at the time they were interviewed and only 39.1 percent of those with disabilities were employed. Two federally funded studies published in 2000 give some insight into why the unemployment rate is so high among persons with disabilities and provide data on what employers are doing in the areas of employing and accommodating workers with disabilities.

Erickson, W., Lee, C., & von Schrader, S. (2011). 2010 Disability Status Report: Washington. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute (EDI).

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