Working Against Rising Unemployment for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Working Against Rising Unemployment for Job Seekers with Disabilities

New efforts to raise job market awareness for those with disabilities struggling to find employment is coming at a critical time.

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently launched a new public service announcement on more than 1,400 television stations entitled “Because.” The ads are "intended to replace myths and misperceptions about disability employment with new views of what people with disabilities can do,” ODEP reports. Web users can watch the PSA at http://whatcanyoudocampaign.org.

Job prospects for candidates with disabilities steadily improved in 2012, but 2013 has started badly. Unemployment among job seekers with disabilities spiked by 2% in january, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL). The national unemployment rate for those with disabilities is now 13.7%, almost double the rate of the national average of 7.9%.

Rising unemployment for job seekers with disabilities can have a profound impact on the overall economy. An estimated one out of every five Americans is reported to have some form of disability, according to the U.S. Census Department.