Feb 24, 2023 - Economy

Employment rate for Americans with disabilities reached record high in 2022

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

The employment rate for Americans with disabilities hit a new record last year, according to government data out Thursday.

Why it matters: This is a big surge. Folks with disabilities face extraordinary obstacles when it comes to getting jobs.

  • High levels of bias and discrimination have long kept unemployment levels high for this group.

Zoom out: There are a few reasons for the employment increase over the last few years. For one, remote work has made it possible for more people with disabilities to work.

How it works: The Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies those with disabilities through a survey it sends out each month as part of its employment report, using six questions, including asking if anyone is deaf or has difficulty hearing, is blind or has difficulty seeing. (You can read the full list in the report.)

  • People are classified as having a disability if they answer yes to any of the questions.
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