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May 2012 Current Population Survey (CPS) - Disability Supplement


Description from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release on April, 24 2013:

"In May 2012, half of all persons with a disability who were not working reported some type of barrier to employment today. Lack of education or training, lack of transportation, the need for special features at the job, and a person's own disability were among the barriers reported. Among persons with a disability who were employed, over half had some difficulty completing their work duties because of their disability.

These findings were obtained from a supplement to the May 2012 Current Population Survey (CPS). The supplement was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households that obtains information on national employment and unemployment for the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over, including information on persons with a disability. The May 2012 supplement collected information about barriers to employment, prior work experience, career and financial assistance, requested changes to the workplace, and related topics for persons with a disability."

Here a few other interesting things learned through the survey:

- About 18.2 percent of persons with a disability were employed in May 2012, well below the employment-population ratio of 64.3 percent for persons with no disability.

- Half of those with a disability who were not employed in May 2012 (that is, persons who were either unemployed or not in the labor force) reported at least one barrier to employment. When asked to identify barriers they had encountered, most reported that their own disability was a barrier to employment (80.5 percent). Other barriers cited included lack of education or training (14.1 percent), lack of transportation (11.7 percent), and the need for special features at the job (10.3 percent).

- Individuals with a disability who had higher levels of educational attainment were more likely to have had work experience. About 96.9 percent of those age 25 and over with a college degree had worked before, compared with 84.7 percent of those with less than a high school diploma.

-Description taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website on 11/7/13 (www.bls.gov/news.release/dissup.nr0.htm)

Contact Info:
Organization:U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Address:Postal Square Building, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001
Phone:(202) 691-6378
Cost:No cost

Web Links

News Release Summary of the Report

Learn technical information about how the survey was fielded and analyzed

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