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Diverse Professions

Minnesotans Who Have Disabilities Span All Job Types And Professions

People who have disabilities can be found throughout workforce, in colleges, trade schools and training programs. They represent a significant, untapped pool of talent that businesses are now actively recruiting to meet growing workforce needs.

  • More than 11,000 previously unemployed people who have a disability used vocational rehabilitation services to gain employment in the past five years.
  • Almost 40 percent of college students report having a disability, and they are entering the workforce today. Graduation rates for this demographic group vary little from the rest of the population, with interests and study areas nearly matching the same spectrum as their fellow students.
  • According to the 2008 American Community Survey Military veterans in the United States in 2008 totaled 23.2 million people and nearly 24 percent (5.5 million) of those veterans have a disability. Minnesota veterans have similar graduation, disability, and unemployment rates as non-veterans.

Graph of people with disabilities employed in 2008 through Minnesota Vocation Rehabilitation services.

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