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U.S. Labor Department to begin new monthly data series on people with disabilities from Current Population Survey on Feb. 6
Date:2/5/2009

Data will mark 1st official measure of unemployment rate facing Americans with disabilities

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor will, for the first time, release employment and unemployment data on people with disabilities on Friday, Feb. 6. This information will assist the nation in understanding how changing labor market conditions affect Americans with disabilities. Although it is widely believed that this group typically faces a higher rate of unemployment than individuals without disabilities, official estimates were not available until now.

"Now that so many Americans are suffering job losses, there is a tremendous amount of attention being paid to employment problems and solutions affecting the general population. Americans with disabilities typically experience similar employment difficulties - even when there is a robust economy. The economic downturn may just exacerbate their struggle. These data will go far toward efforts to increase the employment of people with disabilities," said John Davey, deputy assistant secretary for the department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

ODEP is sponsoring the collection of these data by the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) using the Current Population Survey (CPS), which provides comprehensive information on the employment status of the civilian, non-institutional population 16 years of age and older. Six disability questions have been added to the CPS to satisfy a requirement specified in Executive Order 13078, signed by President Bill Clinton, to measure the employment status of people with disabilities on a timely basis.

Beginning Feb. 6 at about 8:30 a.m. EST, BLS and ODEP will publish on their Web sites - at http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsdisability.htm and

SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor
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