Big corporations see the value of hiring people with disabilities, yet their chances of getting a job haven’t improved much.
In 2017, 18.7 percent of persons with a disability were employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 65.7 percent. The unemployment rates for persons with and without a disability declined from the previous year to 9.2 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.
Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability, has been collecting data on disability since the mid-1980s.
“A number of gaps have been closing,” she wrote in a 2017 Money Watch article. “Unemployment, unfortunately, is one thing that hasn’t been improved appreciably since we started measuring.”
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