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Section IV. Disability Demographics and Employment Status

Need for Vocational Rehabilitation Services among Minorities

Ethnicity. The prevalence of disability for the working age (16 to 64) Hispanic/Latino population is 11.9 percent. (Cornell University, http://disabilitystatistics.org) The total number of working age Hispanics/Latinos with disabilities in Ohio is estimated to be 29,240.

Table 16 - Eight (8) Counties with Hispanic or Latino Working Age Population of 8,000+

Counties with Hispanic or Latino Working Age Population of 7,000+ (8) Total Hispanic or Latino Population Hispanic or Latino Population Age 16 - 64 Hispanic or Latino Disability Prevalence Estimate (11.9%) Estimated Seeking Employment (5.02%) OOD 2016 Served Service Rate: Need Ratio
Cuyahoga 47,676 43,686 5,199 261 168 64.4%
Franklin 39,892 38,183 4,544 228 71 31.1%
Lucas 18,849 17,306 2,059 103 57 55.1%
Lorain 18,933 16,876 2,008 101 44 43.6%
Hamilton 14,778 13,866 1,650 83 24 29.0%
Butler 10,215 9,731 1,158 58 17 29.2%
Montgomery 9,290 8,565 1,019 51 16 31.3%
Mahoning 8,889 8,017 954 48 34 71.0%
Total 168,522 156,230 18,591 933 431 46.2%
Ohio Total 265,654 245,713 29,240 1,468 695 47.3%
Percent of Ohio Total 63.4% 63.6% 63.6% 63.6% 62.0%  


Table 17 - Eight (8) Counties with Hispanic or Latino Working Age Population of 2,500 - 7,000

Counties with Hispanic or Latino Working Age Population of 2,500 - 7,000 (8) Total Hispanic or Latino Population Hispanic or Latino Population Age 16 - 64 Hispanic or Latino Disability Prevalence Estimate (11.9%) Estimated Seeking Employment (5.02%) OOD 2016 Served Service Rate: Need Ratio
Total 35,364 32,759 3,898 196 431 220.2%
Ohio Total 265,654 245,713 29,240 1,468 695 47.3%
Percent of Ohio Total 13.3% 13.3% 13.3% 13.3% 62.0%  


Table 18 - Seventy-two (72) Counties with Hispanic or Latino Working Age Population of less than 2,500

Counties with Hispanic or Latino Working Age Population of less than 2,500 (72) Total Hispanic or Latino Population Hispanic or Latino Population Age 16 - 64 Hispanic or Latino Disability Prevalence Estimate (11.9%) Estimated Seeking Employment (5.02%) OOD 2016 Served Service Rate: Need Ratio
Total 61,768 56,724 6,750 339 174 51.3%
Ohio Total 265,654 245,713 29,240 1,468 695 47.3%
Percent of Ohio Total 23.3% 23.1% 23.1% 23.1% 25.0%  


Table 16 shows the total Hispanic/Latino population in Ohio to be 265,654, or 2.3 percent of the state’s total population. Of these, 245,713 are working age (16 to 64). Table 17 provides a summary of the eight Ohio counties with Hispanic/Latino working age populations of 8,000 or more. Bureau of Labor Statistics further cites that 31.2 percent of individuals are actively engaged in the labor force. The unemployment rate for Hispanics/Latinos tends to be almost 1.4 times greater than the overall unemployment rate. Applying this to the unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities, we can estimate that 16.1 percent, or approximately 1,468, of the estimated 31.2 percent engaged in the labor force are seeking employment. In 2016, OOD provided vocational rehabilitation services to 695 Hispanics/Latinos with disabilities. This represents 2.4 percent of all individuals served by OOD with a service rate: need ratio of 47.3 percent of Hispanic/Latino Ohioans that could benefit from OOD VR services. (U.S. Census – ACS, 2016)

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