Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Census: Employment Rates Up, But Earning Levels Down
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 16, 2006

WASHINGTON, DC--New census data released Friday indicates a slight improvement in employment rates for Americans with disabilities in recent years, but a slight drop in average incomes.

The report from the U.S. Census Bureau was based on interviews with 26,800 households, or 6 percent of the population, during the summer of 2002. About 18 percent of respondents -- representing 51 million Americans -- identified themselves as having a disability, with about 12 percent -- or 33 million -- saying they had a "severe disability".

When asked if they had worked during the previous year, about 56 percent of adults with disabilities between 21 and 64 years of age said they had jobs and earned a median average of $22,000 a year. Among those with severe disabilities, 43 percent had jobs and earned an average of $12,800.

Those who reported having no disability averaged $25,000 in earnings. Eighty-eight percent were employed during the same period.

A similar census report released five years ago showed that only about 50 percent of working age adults were employed in 1997, but averaged $23,373 in earnings. Those considered to have severe disabilities had just a 31 percent job rate in 1997, but earned an average of $18,631 for the year.

Friday's report also found that people with severe disabilities were more likely to report poor health status. Twenty-six percent lived below the poverty rate, compared with 11 percent of those with "mild disabilities" and eight percent of those without disabilities.

On a related note, the study found that among people with severe disabilities between 15 and 64 years of age, 36 percent used a computer and 29 percent used the Internet at home.

Related:
"Press Release: More Than 50 Million Americans Report Some Level of Disability" (U.S. Census Bureau)

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=65682
Report: "Americans with Disabilities -- 2002" (U.S. Census Bureau)
http://www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p70-107.pdf

---

©2016 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email: admin.dd@state.mn.us   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.