Disability statistics can be a useful tool to increase our collective understanding of the barriers faced by the disability population in the workforce. This information can also help us learn more about the customers we serve each day at an American Job Center. The following resource links are provided to help you gain insights on current and historical labor force participation at the national, state, and county level.
- 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.
- Cornell University Online Resource on U.S. Disability Statistics: This link allows users to download both national/state disability population status reports and access research tools. The website also includes useful frequently asked questions to consider when using disability statistics.
- University of Montana Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities: This link allows users to access data about disability in rural areas and communities across the country.
- University of New Hampshire Annual Disability Statistics Compendium: The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. The link includes a concise 2018 Disability Statistics Annual Report and County Reports to track disability statistics in your local area.
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 Employment: The 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.