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How do people with disabilities fit into the job market?

For reporters looking for a fresh angle in the world of work, here’s a story that’s largely overlooked: The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is the highest of all minority groups. It’s particularly bad for women, whose unemployment rate is more than twice the rate of non-disabled women. More than 30 percent of people with disabilities end up working part-time, compared with 17 percent of the non-disabled population. What are the numbers in your community, and what do people with disabilities say are the barriers they face?



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by Susan LoTempio​, board member, National Center on Disability and Journalism; ​retired newspaper journalist
Contact @susanlotempio