The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has released disability employment statistics for August showing that the percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 22.0. This 22.0 includes Richmond and surrounding counties.
By comparison, the percentage of persons with no disability in the labor force was 70.2.
The unemployment rate for those with disabilities was 15.6 percent (16.9 percent in August 2009), compared with 9.3 percent for persons with no disability, not seasonally adjusted.
How are the disabled identifed in The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics?
Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey:
How are people with disabilities identified in the CPS?
The CPS uses a set of six questions to identify persons with disabilities. A response of “yes” to any one of the questions indicates that the person in question has a disability. The disability questions appear in the CPS in the following format:
This month we want to learn about people who have physical, mental, or emotional conditions that cause serious difficulty with their daily activities. Please answer for household members who are 15 years old or over.
- Is anyone deaf or does anyone have serious difficulty hearing?
- Is anyone blind or does anyone have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?
- Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does anyone have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?
- Does anyone have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?
- Does anyone have difficulty dressing or bathing?
- Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does anyone have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping?
Labor force measures from the CPS are tabulated for persons age 16 and older.
Statistics tell a story by the answers received.
August statistics tells us the percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 22.0. Richmond was part of that 22.0%. It offers the disability community “training and employment” opportunities through businesses such as Positive Vibe Café. With the proper training, and a willingness from local businesses to offer jobs, the disabled contribute to the community and give back their time, talents and smiles!
For training and employment opportunities in the restaurant industry, contact Postive Vibe Cafe.
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