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Friday, July 8, 2016

Americans with disabilities outgaining others in labor market, Employment Report June 2016

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release nTIDE Report for June – Monthly Update
DURHAM, NH – For the third consecutive month, major economic indicators increased for people with disabilities, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Targeted philanthropy is funding diversity projects that are helping Americans with disabilities who are striving to work succeed in the workplace. These projects foster the development of sustainable models for meeting hiring needs, which can be replicated in different sectors across the country.

In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Jobs Report released Friday, July 8, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased from 27.8 percent in June 2015 to 28.1 percent in June 2016 (up 1.1 percent; 0.3 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio also increased from 72.7 percent in June 2015 to 73.2 percent in June 2016 (up 0.7 percent; 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).
“The improvement in the proportion of people with disabilities working continues to outpace improvements made by people without disabilities.” according to John O’Neill, Ph.D., director of employment and disability research at Kessler Foundation. “While three consecutive months of employment growth for people with disabilities is very encouraging news, it does not mean we are out of the woods,” he added. There is still a long way to go before people with disabilities reach their pre-Great Recession employment levels, not to mention parity with people without disabilities.”

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