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A Qualified Workforce for Businesses

Hiring People Who Have Disabilities Addresses Future Workforce Needs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2006 and 2016 total job openings will increase more rapidly than in the past, while the labor force filling these jobs is projected to grow more slowly than in the past. This slowdown in the growth of the labor force may indicate future workforce shortages.

  • Over the next three decades, 61 million Americans will retire.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor estimates there will be 165 million jobs and only 162 million people available in the workforce.
  • 60 percent of new jobs in the United States will require skills held by only 20 percent of the current workforce.

Current statistics about people who have disabilities as a sector of the general population show that they are a growing segment of the population, are educated, talented and are proven performers with a track record for loyalty. They are an untapped, valuable staffing source.

Employment Policy Foundation graph of labor needed vs. available

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