Job prospects bleak for people with disabilities in 2013

People with disabilities in Missouri often have a desire to work and to make enough money to put food on the table and make their family members happy. Those with disabilities face unique challenges that may be misunderstood by both employers and those who handle their disability benefits. Rather than treating those with disabilities as if they will fail if they attempt to find a job and work, it may be necessary for others to change their thinking completely and recognize that every individual should have an equal chance at success.

Although applications for SSDI benefits continued to decline in the second quarter of 2013, unemployment numbers for those with disabilities are almost twice as high as the number for those without disabilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with disabilities had an unemployment rate of 13.6% at the end of June, compared to the 7.2% of those without disabilities.

With the help of 10,000 temporary positions created in June, the overall job outlook was brighter as nearly 200,000 total jobs were added in the country during the month. Workers with disabilities may fear returning to their jobs due to thoughts of failing and losing benefits that were difficult to get in the first place.

The job market in the country creates a difficult hurdle for those with disabilities to overcome. Along with the disability that affects their lives, they are forced to deal with the increasing likelihood that they won’t be able to find jobs. Any person fighting for SSDI benefits may benefit from consulting an attorney who may be able to help speed the process up.

Source: Long Island Newsday, “Unemployment rate for people with disabilities on the rise in second quarter, Allsup finds,” July 18, 2013

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