Employment is higher for working-age Americans with disabilities than one year ago as published in a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Specifically, “the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased from 29.5 percent in June 2018 to 31 percent in June 2019 (up 5.1 percent or 1.5 percentage points).” Additionally, the labor force participation rate—which is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work—saw gains from 32.5 percent in June 2018 to 33.9 percent in June 2019 (up 4.3 percent or 1.4 percentage points) among working-age people with disabilities.
These findings are important because maintaining employment can be difficult for some people with end-stage renal disease due to the time and physical toll of dialysis treatments. Furthermore, employment positively impacts the well-being of an individual by increasing satisfaction, meaning and purpose.
Positive trends were also reported for working-age Americans without disabilities.