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Unemployment Rate For People With Disabilities Increases

Posted on Aug 04, 2013

In the second quarter of 2013, the number of unemployed with disabilities increased, while the number of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) dropped by almost 6 percent compared to last year at this time.

According to records from the U.S. Labor Department and other organizations, people with disabilities were 90 percent more likely to be unemployed than people with disabilities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the overall unemployment rate is 7.6 percent, while the unemployment rate for people with disabilities reached 14.2 percent in June.

With almost 200,000 jobs added in the month of June, the job market does seem to be looking up for people without work. More than 10,000 temporary positions were also posted in June.

Details from these studies show that a little over 691,000 people with disabilities applied for SSDI in the second quarter, while only around 680,000 applied in the first quarter of 2013. This is still 5.5 percent less than those who applied in the second quarter of 2012.

There are currently two million claims pending at the Social Security Administration (SSA). Applicants for SSDI can expect to wait as long as 373 days before hearing about their application.

To help get unemployed workers with disabilities off the wait list and back into the job market, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has said that they are working on new initiatives to help lower the number of unemployed workers. This Disability Employment Initiative is taking place in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and in 21 other states across the country.

As Massachusetts Social Security disability attorneys we are happy to hear that more than $63 million was provided through Disability Employment Initiative. This is used to help unemployed disabled workers find jobs, providing a positive outlook for the future of this job market.

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