National Disability Authority funds new research on disability and homelessness. Respondents were presented with a list of impairments and then asked to select all and subsequently their “main health problem”. Hide. The unemployment rate (calculated as a proportion of the economically active population) for disabled people was more than twice that for non-disabled people (6.7% compared with 3.7% in 2019). However, Northern Ireland had the lowest employment rate for disabled people (37.8% in 2019) and with a rate for non-disabled people of 80.1% had the largest disparity (42.3 percentage points). Patterns of employment rates appeared to vary by main impairment type and sex, however, small sample sizes make it difficult to draw robust conclusions (see Disability and employment dataset, Table 4 and Table 5). For further details see Volume 3: Detail of Labour Force Survey variables. Just over one-quarter (25.7%) of employed disabled people held these positions in comparison with just under one-third (32.3%) of employed non-disabled people. This table is updated four times a year in February, May, August and November. In 14 countries more than 50 % of those with basic activities difficulties were inactive in … The majority of people with learning disabilities who are in employment, work part-time; Men were more likely to be working 30+ hours per week than women (1.3% v 0.4%). The Disability Employment Gap . 7.7 million people of working age (16-64) reported that they were disabled in April-June 2020, which is 19% of the working age population. Before we jump into the disability employment statistics, let’s look at disability overall in the United States. Rates varied from 7% in London to 3.6% in the East Midlands. Labour Force Survey (LFS) data revealed that disabled people were over a third less likely to be employed than non-disabled people, with an employment rate for disabled people (aged 16 to 64 years) of 53.2% in 2019, compared with 81.8% for non-disabled people. See the Disability and employment dataset Table 3 for further information on the analysis of economic activity of disabled people by main impairment. Australia’s employment rate for people with disability (46.6% in 2015) is on par with developed countries. The survey does not cover communal establishments, except for NHS staff accommodation. The GSS definition is designed to reflect the definitions that appear in legal terms in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) and the subsequent Equality Act 2010. 288,000 disabled people were unemployed. The results in this bulletin are survey-based estimates, so they are subject to a level of uncertainty as they are based on a sample rather than the whole population. This compares with 17.5% of non-disabled men; a difference of 3.1 percentage points. The survey does not cover communal establishments, except for NHS staff accommodation. It increased from 17% in 1987 to 28% in 2000 – but has not reduced since then. On average, working disabled people had similar proportions of people in self-employment, when compared with non-disabled people; 15.0% of working disabled people were self-employed compared with 14.0% of non-disabled people. The employment rate for disabled people with severe or specific learning difficulties was the lowest rate of any impairment (17.6%, APS, 2019). We use this information to make the website work as well as possible and improve our services. A list of published bespoke tables is available from the User requested data page. The employment gap reduces to 28.8 percentage points for those aged 60 to 64 years and over because of the employment rate for non-disabled people also reducing. Download ‘People with disabilities in employment’ report (492 KB, PDF), Library briefing paper, Access to Work scheme, ONS, Labour market status of disabled people (data table), Library briefing paper, Work and Health Programme, Unemployment – International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators, Coronavirus: Impact on household savings and debt. When you're looking for work, look for the 'positive about disabled people' symbol (with 2 ticks) on adverts and application forms. The unemployment rate for disabled people was 6.5% in April-June 2020. Of these, an estimated 4.1 million were in employment, an increase of 97,000 from a year previously. Those living in student halls of residence or boarding school are included as part of their family household. Currently about 12.6% of the U.S. population has a disability, or about 40 million people. 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