Among those 65 years and older, the labor force participation rate for people with a disability (7.9 percent) was roughly one-third the rate of those without a disability (25.1 percent).
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|Age||Persons with a disability||Persons with no disability|
|65 years and older||7.9||25.1|
Employment The employment-population ratio–that is, the percent of the population that is employed–for persons with a disability decreased from 19.3 percent in 2019 to 17.9 percent in 2020.
Fewer U.S. persons with a disability were employed in 2020 with a total employment rate of 17.9%, down from 19.3% in 2019, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That translated to an unemployment rate of 12.6% for persons with a disability, the highest such mark in seven years.
The national unemployment rate, 4.8 percent, fell by 0.4 percentage point over the month and was 3.0 points lower than in September 2020.
February 2020 – September 2020 findings: The unemployment rate for workers with a disability declined from 18.9 percent in April 2020 to 12.5 percent in September 2020. The unemployment rate remains higher than the 7.8 percent recorded in January 2020.
An employer should evaluate the job performance of an employee with a disability the same way it evaluates any other employee’s performance. Practical Guidance: An accurate assessment of the employee’s performance may, in some cases, alert the employee that his disability is contributing to the problem.
26 percent (one in 4) of adults in the United States have some type of disability.
Not only do PWDs experience lower rates of employment, they also obtain less full-time employment than their counterparts without disabilities. Moreover, younger PWDs have higher employment rates than those who are older.
In the most recent recession, the unemployment rate increased from 3.5% in February 2020, to 4.4% in March 2020, and then peaked at a high of 14.8% in the final month of the recession (April 2020). Since then, the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.4% in July 2021.
To calculate the U-3 unemployment rate, the number of unemployed people is divided by the number of people in the labor force, which consists of all employed and unemployed people. The ratio is expressed as a percentage.
Full Report. Well over a third (37.3 percent) of the U.S. essential workforce are ages 50 and older, amounting to 16.1 million workers; almost 15 percent of the workforce, 6.4 million workers, are age 60 or older.
The labor force will continue to age, with the average annual growth rate of the 55-years-and-older group projected to be 1.8 percent, more than 3 times the rate of growth of the overall labor force. The group’s share of the labor force is anticipated to increase from 21.7 percent in 2014 to nearly 25 percent in 2024.
This statistic displays the employment rate by age in the United States. In 2020, the employment rate of the workforce of 55 years and older decreased to 36.4 percent. Employment rate among young adults (age 16-24) was at 45.9 percent in 2020.