The Great Recession sent shock waves through the U.S. labor market, with more than 8 million people, including 160,000 Minnesotans, losing their jobs from the end of 2007 through 2009. People with disabilities were among the hardest hit populations during that period, with their employment rates declining even more dramatically than the general population.
To get a better idea of how people with disabilities were affected by the recession, particularly in Minnesota, DEED’s Mohamed Mourssi analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from 2006 to 2012 and wrote about his findings in the latest issue of Trends magazine.
Mourssi says employment levels for people with disabilities in Minnesota still haven’t returned to pre-recessionary levels, but they generally are much better than the national rate for people with disabilities.
Here are some other highlights from the study:
1. A year before the recession started, 32.7 percent of people with disabilities in Minnesota were employed, compared with 25.6 percent nationally. By the end of 2012, the percentage of people with disabilities in Minnesota who were employed remained below the pre-recession level at 26.7 percent. Nationally, 21.7 percent of people with disabilities were employed at the end of 2012, also below the pre-recession level.
2. People without disabilities had much higher employment rates during the period studied. A year before the recession started, 72.4 percent of people without disabilities were employed in Minnesota. By the end of 2012, the percentage of Minnesotans without disabilities who were employed was at 72.1 percent.
3. The number of employed people with disabilities in Minnesota increased in 2012 by about 2,100 from the previous year, showing a positive move toward post-recession recovery.
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