Unemployment Rate for Persons With Disabilities Rises Against National Trend

The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities reached 10.8 percent in January, up from 10.3 percent at the close of 2015 according to the Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for the general population is at the lowest rate in years, falling below 5 per cent and reaching 4.9 percent, as 151,000 jobs were added to the economy, according to the Labor Department.  Figures released as part of the agency’s report also indicate that more people with disabilities were actively looking for work in January, although the number of people with disabilities who were actually employed declined.

Clausen House’s Supported Employment program offers valuable assistance to  individuals with developmental disabilities looking for work. Clausen House’s Supported Employment program helps motivated, work-ready adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities choose, obtain, and retain employment in a variety of workplaces. Clausen House provides job matching assessments, job search, interviewing support and placement, and ongoing coaching tailored to ensure client on-the-job success. The number of successful job placements continues to grow. Clausen House clients have a solid job retention average of more than five years and some have been with the same employer for more than 20 years.  Employers report that Clausen House employees are among their most reliable.  For more information please contact Veronica Santana, Director of Supported Employment.

Source for the article: Hiring Dips for People With Disabilities, by Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop, February 5, 2016.