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Date archive for: March 2019

As Gov. Laura Kelly Takes Office, Kansas Becomes 7th in the Nation for Employment of People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., March 29 – Amid a trend of nationwide job growth for people with disabilities, Kansas is outperforming far bigger states like California and Texas. According a new report by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility, the Sunflower State now ranks 7th in the nation for employment of people with disabilities, with 4,807 people with disabilities entering the workforce.

According to the newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, Kansas currently has an employment rate of 46.4 percent for its citizens with disabilities. Out of 191,769 working-age (18-64) Kansans with disabilities, 89,069 have jobs. Kansas increased their employment rate from 44.7 percent to 46.4 percent and moved from 9th in the nation to 7th in just one year.

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Bad News: 4,173 West Virginians with Disabilities Lose Jobs; Ranks Worst in Country

Washington, D.C., March 29 – While nationally 111,804 jobs were gained by people with disabilities, 4,173 people with disabilities in West Virginia exited the workforce last year.

The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows there are 188,696 working-age (18-64) people with disabilities living in West Virginia. Out of that number, only 49,199 have jobs. That means the Mountain State has a 26.1 percent disability employment rate. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that West Virginia ranks dead last in the country in terms of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This wipes out much of the progress West Virginians with disabilities had made in 2015 which saw more than 5,855 new jobs for people with disabilities.

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Great news: Minnesota Stands 5th in the Nation on Jobs for People with Disabilities as Gov. Tim Walz Takes Office

Washington, D.C., March 28 – Amid a trend of nationwide job growth for people with disabilities, Minnesota is outperforming far bigger states like California and Texas. According a new report by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility, the North Star State now ranks 5th in the nation for employment of people with disabilities.

The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows that Minnesota currently has an employment rate of 47.8 percent for its citizens with disabilities. Out of 305,082 working-age (18-64) Minnesotans with disabilities, 145,697 have jobs.

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Bad News: 9,887 Oregonians with Disabilities Left the Workforce Last Year

Washington, D.C., March 28 – While nationally 111,804 jobs were gained by people with disabilities, 9,887 people with disabilities left Oregon’s workforce last year. Oregon now ranks 26th in the nation in terms of the state’s employment for people with disabilities. Out of the 288,493 working-age (18-64) Oregon residents disclosed living with a disability, only 109,027 have jobs. The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows that Oregon has a 37.8 percent disability employment rate.

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1,014 Massachusetts Residents with Disabilities Lose Jobs, Bay State Drops to 27th in Nation

Washington, D.C., March 27 – While nationally 111,804 jobs were gained by people with disabilities, 1,014 Massachusetts residents with disabilities exited the workforce last year. Said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility, “After strong job growth for people with disabilities in the state, this is a very troubling development. People with disabilities want the income and dignity of work, just like anyone else.”

The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows there are 396,597 working-age (ages 18-64) people with disabilities living in Massachusetts. Out of that number, only 149,633 have jobs. That means the Bay state has a 37.7 percent disability employment rate. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that Massachusetts ranks 27th out of the 50 states for disability employment. In the year prior, more than 12,000 Bay State residents with disabilities entered the workforce, part of a massive nationwide increase in jobs for people with disabilities back.

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Great news: 5,760 New Jobs for Arizonans with Disabilities Last Year

Washington, D.C., March 27 –Nationally 111,804 jobs were gained by people with disabilities, 5,760 of which went to Arizonans with disabilities. The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows there are 428,198 working-age (ages 18-64) people with disabilities living in Arizona. Out of that number, only 156,194 have jobs. That means the Grand Canyon State has a 36.5 percent disability employment rate. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that Arizona ranks 34th out of the 50 states for disability employment. Not only that, this past year’s job gains among people with disabilities is part of a trend that began back in 2016.

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Expansion of Best Practices leads to 10,471 new jobs for Virginians with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., March 27 – Nationwide 111,804 people with disabilities got new jobs last year, including 10,471 new jobs for Virginians with disabilities. Virginia now ranks 18th among the 50 states in terms of the Commonwealth’s employment rate for people with disabilities. The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows there are 500,771 working-age (ages 18-64) people with disabilities living in Virginia. Out of that number, 204,103 have jobs. That means the Old Dominion State has a disability employment rate of 40.8 percent.

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708 Delawareans with Disabilities Left the Workforce Last Year

Washington, D.C., March 24 – While nationally 111,804 jobs were gained by people with disabilities, 708 people with disabilities in Delaware exited the workforce last year. “After strong job growth for people with disabilities the year before, this is a troubling development,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility. “People with disabilities want the income and dignity of work, just like anyone else.”

The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows there are 48,600 working-age (ages 18-64) people with disabilities living in Delaware. Out of that number, only 18,000 have jobs. That means the First State has a 37 percent disability employment rate. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that Delaware ranks 32nd out of the 50 states for disability employment. While some Delawareans with disabilities left the workforce last year, the state’s disability employment rate has been steadily increasing over the past three years.

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Maine Gains 3,067 Jobs for People with Disabilities, Ranks 36th in the Nation for Disability Employment

Washington, D.C., March 24 – Nationwide 111,804 people with disabilities got new jobs last year, including 3,067 new jobs for Mainers with disabilities. Maine now ranks 36th in the nation in terms of the state’s employment rate for people with disabilities. Overall, there are 112,442 working-age (18-64) Maine residents living with a disclosed disability and 39,424 have jobs. The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows Maine has a 35.1 percent disability employment rate. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that job gains for Mainers with disabilities have dramatically increased compared to the prior year.

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As Mississippi Loses 2,875 Jobs for People with Disabilities, Gov. Phil Bryant Wants More Opportunities

Washington, D.C., March 23 – While nationally 111,084 jobs were gained by people with disabilities, 2,875 people with disabilities left Mississippi’s workforce last year. Mississippi now ranks 48th in the nation for employment rates of people with disabilities. Out of the 265,344 working-age (18-64) Mississippi residents living with a disclosed disability, only 73,203 have jobs. The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows that Mississippi has a disability employment rate of only 27.6 percent.

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810 Hawaiians with Disabilities Leave the Workforce

Washington, D.C., March 23 –While nationally 111,804 jobs were gained by people with disabilities, 810 people with disabilities left Hawaii’s workforce last year. Said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility, “After strong job growth for people with disabilities in the state, this is a troubling development. People with disabilities want the income and dignity of work, just like anyone else.”

The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows there are 59,469 working-age (ages 18-64) people with disabilities living in Hawaii. Out of that number, only 25,546 have jobs. That means the Aloha state has a 43 percent disability employment rate. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that Hawaii ranks 14th out of the 50 states for disability employment. While some Hawaiians with disabilities left the workforce last year, the state’s disability employment rate has been steadily increasing over the years from 31.6 percent in 2015 to 43 percent in 2017.

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2,473 Arkansans with Disabilities Gain Jobs

Washington, D.C., March 22 –Nationally 111,804 jobs were gained by people with disabilities; 2,473 were Arkansans with disabilities who entered the workforce last year.

The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows there are 285,023 working-age (ages 18-64) people with disabilities living in Arkansas. Out of that number, only 87,920 have jobs. That means the Natural State has a 30.8 percent disability employment rate. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that while Arkansas ranks 46th out of the 50 states for disability employment, Arkansans with disabilities have been entering the state’s workforce at a steady rate for the past two years.

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3,769 Alabamians with Disabilities Lose Jobs; Ranks 49th out of 50 States

Washington, D.C., March 22 –While nationally 111,804 jobs were gained by people with disabilities, 3,769 people with disabilities in Alabama exited the workforce last year.

The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows there are 418,429 working-age (ages 18-64) people with disabilities living in Alabama. Out of that number, only 112,030 have jobs. That means the Heart of Dixie has a 26.5 percent disability employment rate. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that Alabama ranks 49th out of the 50 states for disability employment. 3,769 Alabamans with disabilities left the state’s workforce last year.

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4,725 new jobs for Ohioans with disabilities as Gov. DeWine takes office

Washington, D.C., March 21 – Last year, 4,725 Ohioans with disabilities found new employment opportunities, increasing the Buckeye State’s disability employment rate. The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows that 840,199 working-age (18-64) people with disabilities live in Ohio and 309,665 of them have jobs. Ohio ranks 33rd for employment rates of people with disabilities according to the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility. Their analysis shows that the state now has a 36.9 percent employment for people with disabilities and that Ohio has slowly increased its employment rates for people with disabilities in the last three years.

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Utah Becomes 3rd in the Nation for Employment of People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., March 21 – Amid a trend of nationwide job growth for people with disabilities, Utah is outperforming far bigger states like California and Texas. According a new report by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility, the Beehive State now ranks 3rd in the nation for employment of people with disabilities.

According to the newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, Utah currently has an employment rate of 47 percent for its citizens with disabilities. Out of 150,964 working-age (18-64) Utahns with disabilities, 74,754 have jobs.

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Texas Gains 3,796 Jobs for People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., March 21 – Nationwide 111,804 people with disabilities got new jobs last year, including 3,796 new jobs in the Lone Star State. Texas now ranks 23rd in the nation based on the employment rate of people with disabilities. Out of 1,622,962 working-age (18-64) Texans with disabilities, 647,977 have jobs. The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows Texas has an employment rate of 39.9 percent for people with disabilities. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that Texas’ disability employment rate has steadily increased over the past two years.

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Tennessee Gains 4,679 Jobs for People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., March 20 – 4,679 Tennesseans with disabilities entered the workforce last year, part of a national trend of jobs gained among people with disabilities. Tennessee now ranks 44th in the nation based on the employment rate for people with disabilities. Out of the 538,061 working-age (18-64) Tennessee natives with disabilities, 179,049 have jobs. According to the newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, Tennessee has an employment rate of 33.3 percent for people with disabilities. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that Tennessee’s disability employment rate has steadily increased over the past three years.

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Rhode Island Gains 7,758 Jobs for People with Disabilities, Jumps From 47th to 19th in Disability Employment Rate

Washington, D.C., March 20 – Amid a nationwide trend of job growth for people with disabilities, Rhode Island has overcome great challenges to become 19th in the nation in terms of disability employment. According to the 2018 Disability Statistics Compendium, out of 75,806 working-age (18-64) Rhode Islanders with disabilities, 30,787 have jobs. Last year, 7,758 Rhode Islanders entered the workforce, propelling the Ocean State’s disability employment rate up to 40.6 percent. That is a 10.6 percentage point increase over the previous year and represents the single biggest percentage point increase of any state.

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904 South Dakotans with Disabilities Lost Jobs

Washington, D.C., March 20 – While nationally 111,804 jobs were gained by people with disabilities, 904 South Dakotans with disabilities exited the workforce last year. Said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility, “After strong job growth for people with disabilities in the state, this is a very troubling development. People with disabilities want the income and dignity of work, just like anyone else.”

Despite these losses, South Dakota still ranks 2nd in the nation for employment rates among people with disabilities. Out of 49,546 working-age (18-64) people with disabilities living in the Mount Rushmore State, 25,419 have jobs.

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New Mexico Gains 7,921 Jobs for People with Disabilities, Yet Ranks 43rd in the Nation for Disability Employment

Washington, D.C., March 17 – Nationwide 111,804 people with disabilities got new jobs last year, including 7,921 new jobs for New Mexicans with disabilities. New Mexico now ranks 43rd in the nation in terms of the state’s employment rate for people with disabilities. Overall, there are 169,264 working-age (18-64) New Mexico natives with disabilities and out of that number, 57,005 have jobs. The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows New Mexico has an employment rate of 33.7 percent for people with disabilities. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that job gains for New Mexicans with disabilities have dramatically increased compared to the prior year.

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