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Florida Leads Nation on Job Growth for People with Disabilities – over 35,000 new jobs

Washington, D.C., March 27 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 35,480 more people with disabilities in Florida gained employment. That total outpaces every other state in terms of job gains among people with disabilities. In large this is because today’s workforce system is better equipped to enable job seekers with barriers to employment to succeed, just like anyone else.

While an improving state economy has enable large number of Floridians with disabilities to enter the workforce, serious gaps remain. According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Florida only ranks 41st on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are over 1,255,268 working-age Floridians with disabilities and only 404,685 have jobs.

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7,266 new jobs for people with disabilities in Arizona

Gov. Ducey: “they want a fulfilling career”

Washington, D.C., March 9 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 7,266 more people with disabilities in Arizona became employed.  People with disabilities have previously been left out of periods of economic growth, today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

As America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues During the Winter Meeting, Governor Doug Ducey took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in Arizona. When asked, Governor Ducey said: “So, it’s really a focus on what the result is and getting people in the economy. Also realizing these are people that want to work, they want a fulfilling career.”

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