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Disability Employment Statistics

Credible, consistent data is critical to creating change. ODEP promotes the availability and use of disability data and statistics to further education, research and policy initiatives to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.  

This work was first revealed in 2008, when after several years of research and testing, new questions were added to the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) to gauge the employment status of people with disabilities. The questions, which were originally developed for use in the American Community Survey (ACS), were added after extensive collaboration between ODEP, DOL's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and other stakeholders, and were sponsored by ODEP.  Prior to this, there was no way to measure the labor force status of people with disabilities on a regular basis. Today, these data are updated monthly, providing citizens and policymakers with reliable and accurate information on a topic of importance to America's workforce and economy.

In the last few years, ODEP has expanded upon this work, collaborating with other agencies to develop:

New Disability Employment Data Resources

Provides over 1 billion estimates showing the disability status and diversity of the labor force and population age 16 and over for more than 4000 unique geographic entities.

Examines barriers to employment, types of assistance, and other labor-related issues for people with disabilities.

General Disability Employment Statistics Resources

Other Resources

Commonly Used Terms

  • People with jobs are employed.
  • People who are jobless, looking for jobs, and available for work are unemployed.
  • People who are neither employed nor unemployed are not in the labor force.
  • Labor force measures are based on the civilian, non-institutional population 16 years old and over.