Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century

futurework: Chapter 1 - Box 1.2

Did you know that workers with disabilities . . .

Are more likely to have two jobs?

Are more likely to work part time, and are more likely to work

part time because they cannot find full-time work?

Are more likely to be self-employed?

Are more likely to earn less from their own incorporated businesses?

Are more likely to earn less per hour, per month, and per year?

Are less likely to belong to a union?

Are less likely to work in one of the white-collar occupational groups (managerial, professional, technical, sales, and clerical)?

Constitute an underutilized workforce and a potential resource to the U.S. economy? If one million more of the 54 million Americans with disabilities were employed, it is projected that the nation would save $286 million annually in food stamp use and $1.8 billion annually in social security income benefits.

S O U R C E : Douglas Kruse, Employment and Disability: Characteristics of Employed and

Nonemployed People with Disabilities, Rutgers University, 1997

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