Jobless Rate Among Disabled Americans Down, but Still High

For years, the unemployment rate among Americans with disabilities has been alarmingly high, but it appears that it is finally on the decline, Disability Scoop reported.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities fell to 10 percent in April, which was a decline of 1.7 percent from the month before.

It was reported that there are several factors that likely contributed to the significant decline, including differences in the total number of people with disabilities who were studied and the number of people who said they are seeking work.

Even with the decline, the jobless rate for Americans with disabilities is still much higher than it is for the general public, which also fell slightly to 5.4 percent last month.

The Labor Department looks at the population of Americans with disabilities who are over the age of 16 and do not live in institutions when calculating the unemployment rate.

Unemployment is hard on everyone, but it can be especially difficult on people with disabilities, who often have a harder time finding jobs that their disabilities don’t interfere with.

For that reason, many people who have been disabled for years or have recently been disabled depend on Social Security Disability benefits to help make ends meet.

There are two types of disability benefits available to Americans with disabilities: Social Security Disability Insurance is available to Americans who worked a substantial amount of time and have paid into the system; Supplemental Security Income is available to individuals without a work history and have little-to-no income or other substantial resources.

Keep reading for more information on both programs.