Employment gap widens for disabled people

Oct 07, 2005

Cornell University has released a study indicating the employment gap between Americans with disabilities and those without disabilities has widened.

The study, which coincides with the start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, was part of a series of reports released by the Ithaca, N.Y., school in collaboration with the American Association of People with Disabilities.

The researchers found that during 2004 the "employment gap" between those with disabilities in the workforce and those workers without disabilities was 40.3 percent, as compared with a 39.7-percent gap during 2003.

"The rise in the employment gap suggests that people with disabilities are not participating in the recovery from the 2001 recession," said Andrew Houtenville, director of Cornell's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics.

The report also found the poverty rate rose more between 2004 and 2003 for people with disabilities than for those without. For people with disabilities, it increased to 24.1 percent of working-age Americans from 23.3 percent during 2003. For people without disabilities it increased 9.1 percent, from 8.9 percent.

The Annual Disability Status Reports from Cornell are available at DisabilityStatistics.org.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: The stapes of a neanderthal child points to the anatomical differences with our species

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Empowering people with disabilities in the green industries

Dec 19, 2013

People with disabilities represent a talented and creative section of the workforce in most areas of employment. A study to be published in the International Journal of Green Economics, suggests that as the so-called "green ...

Recommended for you

Destroyed Mosul artefacts to be rebuilt in 3D

22 hours ago

It didn't take long for the scientific community to react. Two weeks after the sacking of the 300 year-old Mosul Museum by a group of ISIS extremists went viral on Youtube, researchers from the ITN-DCH, IAPP ...

Boys plagiarise more than girls at school

23 hours ago

Research by the University of the Balearic Islands has analysed the phenomenon of academic plagiarism among secondary school students. The study, published in the journal Comunicar, confirms that this practi ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.