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Unemployment rate increases for those with disabilities

While there has been substantial job growth in the U.S., the unemployment rate among those with disabilities has increased. And while the reasons behind this increase were not mentioned in a recent Disability Scoop report, those with disabilities should keep in mind that they may be able to qualify for Social Security disability or Social Security disability insurance. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate among those with disabilities in the U.S. rose from 13.6 percent in May to 14.2 percent in June. The unemployment rate for the general population in the U.S. is at 7.6 percent. 

What is interesting to note is that there was an increase in job growth, with federal data showing 195,000 jobs were added in June. However, the general unemployment rate stayed the same and the jobless rate among those with disabilities actually increased. 

At this point it is hard to say exactly why the unemployment rate among those with disabilities increased as the U.S. Labor Department only started tracking the rate among those with disabilities in October 2008. This means there is just not enough data to examine certain trends. Now, however, reports are made monthly.

In looking at the fact that many with disabilities are unemployed, one should keep in mind that Social Security disability and Social Security disability insurance is intended for those who cannot work due to a disability. Whether it is a mental illness or a spinal disorder, when these disabilities interfere with the ability to work, an attorney with experience handling SSD and SSDI cases in New Jersey should be contacted. This attorney can help guide a person through the process of applying for these Social Security benefits.

Source: Disability Scoop, "More With Disabilities Struggling To Find Work," Shaun Heasley, July 8, 2013

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