The National Statistics
We have work to do.
Nationally, people with disabilities are unemployed in much higher numbers than people without disabilities. In 2020, just 17.9 percent of people with disabilities were employed compared to 61.8 percent of those who do not have disabilities (Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics-2020, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor).
And those numbers only reveal a part of the story. Unemployment statistics reflect the number of people who once worked and aren't currently working. But only those who are actively seeking employment are counted. Many people with disabilities--even though they would like to work--have never been employed. Many who have worked have given up continuing to seek employment for reasons that could include a lack of on-the-job supports, transportation challenges, or a fear of losing health care or other benefits.