U.S. Employment Statistics and Labor Force Participation. Table 4 and Table 5 illustrate the U.S. labor force participation and unemployment rates for working age (16 - 64) individuals with disabilities compared to individuals without disabilities, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, the U.S. unemployment rate for working age (16 - 64) individuals with disabilities was 11.5 percent, a decrease of 2.4 percentage points from 2014. Over the same period, the labor force participation rate for these individuals increased from 30.2 percent to 31.2 percent, reflecting a slight increase in the number of individuals with disabilities who are working and/or actively seeking work.
Table 4 - Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population by disability status ages 16 to 64, 2015 and 2016 annual averages; Bureau of Labor Statistics (Table A) [Numbers in thousands]
*2014 figures from Bureau of Labor Statistics Table A-6; Annual U.S. Unemployment of Civilians Ages 16 to 64 by Disability Status - 2012 - 21014
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016; https://www.bls.gov/bls/news-release/empsit.htm)
Table 5 - Persons not in the labor force by disability status, age, and sex, 2016 annual averages [Numbers in thousands]
Data refer to persons who want a job, have searched for work during the prior 12 months, and were available to take a job during the reference week, but had not looked for work in the past 4 weeks.
Includes those who did not actively look for work in the prior 4 weeks for reasons such as thinks no work available, could not find work, lacks schooling or training, employer thinks too young or old, and other types of discrimination.
Includes those who did not actively look for work in the prior 4 weeks for such reasons as school or family responsibilities, ill health, and transportation problems, as well as a number for whom reason for nonparticipation was not determined.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016; https://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/disabl_06212017.pdf)