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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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1381 Connecticuters with Disabilities Gain Jobs as Gov. Ned Lamont Promises “Absolute Opportunity”

Washington, D.C., March 8 – During the 2019 National Governors’ Association winter meeting, newly elected Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont vowed to do “everything we can to make sure” people with disabilities have “the absolute opportunity to work and thrive in our communities.”

The newly published 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows there are 189,419 working-age people (ages 18-64) with disabilities living in Connecticut. Out of that number, 76,096 have jobs. That means the Nutmeg State has a disability employment rate of 40.2 percent. Further analysis by the nonpartisan advocacy group RespectAbility shows that Connecticut ranks 21st out of the 50 states for disability employment. Census Bureau data also shows that 1,381 people with disabilities entered the state’s workforce last year.

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20,000 Illinoisans with Disabilities Gain Jobs, are “One of the Priorities” for New Gov. JB Pritzker

Washington, D.C., March 7 – During the 2019 National Governors’ Association winter meeting, newly elected Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker vowed to make people with disabilities “one of the priorities” as he rebuilds his state’s policies and programs.

Speaking of the budgetary challenges created by his predecessor, Pritzker said, “services and programs, including some employment programs…just got wiped out.” He emphasized the need to “rebuild these services, many of the opportunities” that people with disabilities were using to enter Illinois’ economy.

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As 2670 Iowans with Disabilities Lose Jobs, Gov. Kim Reynolds Calls Them “Some of Our Best Workers”

Washington, D.C., March 7 – Gov. Kim Reynolds pointed out Iowa’s dedication to the disability community during the 2019 National Governor’s Association winter meeting in Washington, D.C. She also stressed the importance of including people with disabilities in the workforce.

“They’re some of our best workers, they absolutely are,” she said. “We’re at the lowest unemployment rate in the country and so we want to make sure that every Iowan has the opportunity to be successful and that’s a key piece of it.”

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