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Unemployment rate for disabled 10 times more than national rate PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 19:00
The Charlotte Observer released a report yesterday that shows the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 44.2 percent, almost 10 times as much as the overall national unemployment rate. 
A study at Cornell University released in November found even higher unemployment rates among all the nation’s 22.3 million disabled workers aged 21-64. The study said these people are twice as likely to live in poverty. The Observer cites several reasons for the differences, among them prejudice and accessibility. Costs of retrofitting buildings with ramps and other handicapped accommodations have been cited as reasons for not hiring the disabled.
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