BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS TO REPORT ON EMPLOYMENT STATUS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that it will begin releasing monthly data on the employment and unemployment of persons with disabilities. The report will be based on information collected in the Current Population Survey, which provides comprehensive information on the employment status of the civilian population. The BLS reported that in January 2009, the unemployment rate of persons with a disability was 13.2 percent, compared with 8.3 percent for persons with no disability, not seasonally adjusted. The employment-population ratio for persons with a disability was 20.0 percent, compared with 65.0 percent for persons with no disability.

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