Unemployment rate increases during the month of June

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The unemployment rate climbed to 13.3 percent for people with disabilities in June, an increase from 12.9 percent the previous month.

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Unemployment for people with disabilities climbs

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities, similar to the regular employment rate, does not include what is commonly referred to as the long-term unemployed, meaning those who have been out of work for more than 27 weeks. People who are institutionalized are also not included.

Since a large percentage of people with disabilities are among the long-term unemployed, their overall labor force participation rate remains far below the rest of the population. In June, the percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 20.5 percent, compared to about 70 percent for the rest of the population.

The Department of Labor first began tracking the unemployment rate for people with disabilities in February 2009 and now releases monthly reports.

The overall unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent.