Unemployment rates are higher for workers with disabilities

08/26/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Last year's unemployment rate for workers with disabilities was 14.5%, compared with the 9% rate for workers without disabilities, according to Labor Department data. The disparities were similar among those with and without disabilities who hold college degrees. The higher unemployment rates may be partly attributable to policies that give preference to disability benefits rather than employment assistance, one advocate and economist suggested.

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