Disability Unemployment Rate on the Rise

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Lesson Title

Disability Unemployment Rate on the Rise

Video title, link and release date

Disability Unemployment Rate on the Rise, July 13, 2013

Video Length

Two minutes, twenty-six seconds

Grade Level

High School & Above

Summary

  • In June 2013, the rate of unemployment for people with disabilities jumped to 14.2 percent, spiking over the previous two months from 12.9 to 13.6 to the current figure.
  • Individuals who are no longer searching for work, who have been searching for more than a year, or who are receiving benefits through programs such as the Social Security Administration, are not included in the figure, making overall labor force participation rate for people with disabilities a mere 20.6 percent, while the rate for people without disabilities is 69.1 percent.
  • This alarming increase in unemployment has been speculated to be a reflection of the amount of people with disabilities leaving the workforce, so it has yet to be determined if this new number is an accurate and permanent representation of the employment climate for people with disabilities.
  • The National Governor’s Association is attempting to reverse this concerning change by making increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities its primary initiative for 2013.

Review Questions

1.  When did the rate of unemployment for people with disabilities jump to 14.2 percent?

 

2. What does this report stipulate is the primary cause of this rise in unemployment?

 

3. What is the National Governor’s Association doing to  address this issue?

Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

Why do you think individuals who are no longer searching for work, who have been searching for more than a year, or who are receiving benefits are not taken into account in the overall rate of unemployment for people with disabilities?

What do you want to know more about?