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Income at Risk: Unemployment Reaches Nine-Month High for Those with Disabilities, Reports Allsup
Date:7/14/2009

As recession and job losses continue and Social Security disability application backlogs rise, the impact on people with disabilities grows and adds to financial perils

Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) July 14, 2009 -- Unemployment for people with disabilities reached its highest rate in nine months, according to a quarterly study by Allsup, a leading provider of Social Security disability, financial and Medicare-related services to people with disabilities.

At the same time, the Allsup Disability Study: Income at Risk shows the number of people applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits continues to climb, and the backlog of SSDI claims continues to slow people’s ability to receive their financial benefits.

Specifically, the quarterly Allsup study shows that for the second quarter of 2009, people with disabilities experienced an unemployment rate 53 percent higher than people without disabilities. Specifically, the unemployment rate for the second quarter averaged 13.6 percent for people with disabilities, compared to 8.9 percent for people with no disabilities, according to non-seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

For June, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities reached 14.3 percent, the highest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began reporting data on unemployment rates for people with disabilities last October. This compares to a 9.5 percent unemployment rate for people with no disabilities, also the highest during this same period. However, people with disabilities consistently continued to experience hi
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