Employment: More People with Disabilities Finding Work

There’s Work, and then there’s Teamwork. Mercury (left) and Marc, cleaning the showroom windows at Midwest Innovations in Massillon.  The Stark County-based service provider is also known as Team Midwest, and serves a five-county area.  Individuals who work for the organization earn the state’s  minimum wage for all work performed.

There’s Work, and then there’s Teamwork.
Mercury (left) and Marc, cleaning the showroom windows at Midwest Innovations in Massillon. The Stark County-based service provider is also known as Team Midwest, and serves a five-county area. Individuals who work for the organization earn the state’s minimum wage for all work performed.

Disability Scoop News Service reported last week that the jobless rate for people with disabilities improved somewhat in July, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  The national unemployment rate for this segment of the national population fell to 12.1 percent, down from 12.9 percent in June.

Federal officials began tracking employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. The first employment report specific to this population was made available in February 2009. Now, reports are released monthly. There is not yet enough data compiled to establish seasonal trends among this population, so statistics for this group are not seasonally adjusted.

Data on people with disabilities covers those over the age of 16 who do not live in institutional settings. The reports also do not distinguish the employment numbers for people with developmental disabilities from people with other kinds of disabilities.

For information on employment opportunities and programs specific to Ohioans with developmental disabilities, visit the Ohio Employment First website.

 

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