In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Jobs Report released Friday, April 1, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased slightly from 27.2 percent in March 2015 to 27.3 percent in March 2016 (up 0.4 percent; 0.1 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio also increased slightly from 71.7 percent in March 2015 to 72.5 percent in March 2016 (up 1.1 percent; 0.8 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).
“These are very modest changes,” said Andrew Houtenville, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at UNH. “Compared to this time last year, the employment of people with disabilities hasn’t changed very much.”