For the first time in three months, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities eased somewhat in April. The Department of Labor said Friday that unemployment fell to 14.5 percent for those with disabilities in April, down from 15.6 percent the previous month.
However, the change could be due at least in part to fewer people with special needs seeking work.
Meanwhile, the general population continued to fare significantly better than those with disabilities as the economy added 244,000 jobs. Unemployment for that group rested at 9 percent for the month.
The Department of Labor began tracking employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. There is not yet enough data compiled to establish seasonal trends among this population, so statistics for this group are not seasonally adjusted.
Data on people with disabilities covers those over the age of 16 who do not live in institutions. The first employment report specific to this population was made available in February 2009. Now, reports are released monthly.