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Individuals with Disabilities Earn Less Than Their Colleagues

U.S. Census Bureau

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that workers with disabilities are less likely to be employed, and more likely to hold jobs with lower earnings. Data from the new Disability Employment Tabulation show that between 2008 and 2010, individuals without disabilities were about three times more likely to be employed than individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities also earned less than their colleagues with no disability.

More than half of workers with disabilities (52 percent) earned less than $25,000 in the previous year, compared with just 38 percent of workers with no disabilities. Essentially, individuals with disabilities earn only three quarters of what workers without disabilities typically earn.

This disparity in income makes it exceedingly difficult for individuals with disabilities to maintain everyday expenses and housing costs.

Opening Doors-CT has formed a workgroup around economic security that is examining ways to expand income growth among persons with disabilities. To learn more, click here

Click here to read the full press release from the U.S. Census Bureau.



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