The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics – 2019 report. Disability statistics can be a useful tool to increase our collective understanding of the barriers faced by the disability population in the workforce. Resource links below are provided to help increase awareness and integrate data into needs assessment planning against labor force participation at the national, state, and county level.


Federal Resources

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): The BLS, within the U.S. Department of Labor, publishes a monthly jobs report that includes the employment status of the civilian population by sex, age, and disability status.
  • CDC – Disability and Health Data System (DHDS): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a resource providing instant access to state-level health and demographic data about adults with disabilities. 
  • Disability - U.S. Census Bureau: The Disability Section of the U.S. Census Bureau website highlights disability data through postings of publications, visual charts, and working papers.

University Resources

WorkforceGPS and Other Resources

  • WIOA Title I Data Snapshot:  ETA developed an interactive infographic focused on workforce services provided to individuals with barriers to employment, including people with disabilities under WIOA Title I programs (Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth). 
  • Understanding and Applying Disability Data:  On May 23, 2018, ETA hosted a webinar highlighting disability employment trends and how front-line practitioners have successfully applied existing data tools and resources to more effectively meet the needs of customers. 
  • DRIVE Disability EmploymentThe DRIVE link, sponsored by ODEP, allows users to find specific state data disability information on labor force participation. Simply click on a state to view that state’s full profile, including all data points, vocational rehabilitation profile, and relevant state initiatives.