Disability Employment - nTIDE

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Since March 2013, Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability have issued a monthly custom report on employment data for Americans with disabilities, titled, National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE). John O’Neill, PhD, Kessler Foundation’s Director of Employment and Disability Research, and Andrew Houtenville, PhD, the Institute on Disability's Associate Professor of Economics, customize the monthly jobs data released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to compare employment for working age men and women (ages 16 to 64) - with and without disabilities. Within a couple of hours of the Bureau of Labor Statistics releasing its monthly jobs report, Kessler Foundation distributes nTIDE over a national wire service and via social media channels.

nTIDE analyzes key economic indicators that reflect the employment environment for Americans with and without disabilities, including:

Labor Force Participation Rate – the rate of how many people are actively employed or looking for work compared to the total population
Employment-to-Population Ratio – the percentage of people who are working compared to the total population
Percent Looking – the percentage of individuals who are actively looking for work

Because the data are not yet seasonally adjusted—which would control for the fluctuations in the workforce based on the time of the year—nTIDE compares the month’s employment data to the corresponding month of the previous year. The report, therefore, tracks and compares changes in employment indicators for people with and without disabilities. The nTIDE report is followed by government agencies, policymakers, funders, disability organizations, employers, and other interested parties.

“The ability to find employment is a huge indicator of quality of life, but continues to be a struggle for people with disabilities, including our veterans,” said Dr. O’Neill. “Through nTIDE, we have a benchmark to monitor the progress of our country in creating employment opportunities and removing attitudinal and physical barriers to help this talented population find jobs, and succeed in the workplace.”

In addition to providing updates on the employment numbers, each nTIDE report highlights a Foundation initiative that expands opportunities for job-seekers with disabilities. Since 2005, Kessler Foundation has awarded $36 million in grants to disability employment initiatives around the US, including social enterprises, public-private partnerships, transition programs for students, self-employment and job training programs, as well internship opportunities. To meet the varied interests and abilities of people with disabilities, funded programs represent a variety of fields, including finance, retail, manufacturing, warehouse distribution, computer technology, food service, telecommuting, document management, laboratory technology, and the arts. Through the Foundation’s support, more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities, including veterans, have found job training and employment.

To register for the upcoming nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar, which features disability employment experts and special speakers in the field, visit: http://www.researchondisability.org/home/ntide.

nTIDE is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (9ORT5022-02-00 & 90RT5017) and Kessler Foundation.

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nTIDE September 2017 Jobs Report: Economic Recovery Extends to 18 Months for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE August 2017 Jobs Report: Labor Day Job Numbers Remain Upbeat for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE July 2017 Jobs Report: Job Gains for Americans with Disabilities Contribute to Strength of Labor Market

nTIDE June 2017 Jobs Report: Ongoing Job Growth Reflects Americans with Disabilities Striving to Work

nTIDE May 2017 Jobs Report: Longest Stretch of Job Gains Continues for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE April 2017 Jobs Report: Upward Trend Continues with Modest Job Gains for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE March 2017 Jobs Report: Americans with Disabilities Reach Milestone with Full Year of Job Gains

nTIDE February 2017 Jobs Report: Americans with Disabilities Continue to Contribute to Job Gains

nTIDE January 2017 Jobs Report: Solid Start to New Year for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE 2016 Year-end Special Report: Upward Momentum Fuels Positive Start to 2017 for Americans With Disabilities

nTIDE December 2016 Jobs Report: Record Gains in Employment for People With Disabilities

nTIDE November 2016 Jobs Report: Employment picture remains bright for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE October 2016 Jobs Report: Trend Indicates Improved Job Growth for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE September 2016 Jobs Report: Jobs numbers rise again in 6-month trend for Americans with disabilities

nTIDE August 2016 Jobs Report: Employment Continues to Climb for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE July 2016 Jobs Report: Strong employment gains continue for Americans with disabilities

nTIDE June 2016 Jobs Report: Americans with Disabilities Outgaining Others in Labor Market

nTIDE May 2016 Jobs Report: Positive News Continues – Employment Rises for People with Disabilities

nTIDE April 2016 Jobs Report: Positive News for People with Disabilities after Months of Decline

nTIDE March 2016 Jobs Report: Steady Job Numbers May Signal Start of Turnaround for People With Disabilities

nTIDE February 2016 Jobs Report: Despite Uptick in Jobs Growth, Numbers Dip for People with Disabilities

nTIDE January 2016 Jobs Report: As New Year Begins, Job Numbers Mixed for People with Disabilities