nTIDE January 2023 Jobs Report: More people with disabilities are striving to work. Will employers call upon them?

National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) – Issued semi-monthly by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire

East Hanover, NJ – February 3, 2023 – More jobseekers with disabilities entered the labor market in January, providing a potential resource for the current boom in job openings, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Declines in the employment-to-population ratios for people with and without disabilities may reflect the impact of the Federal Reserve’s efforts to curtail inflation and/or seasonal effects. 

 

bar graph of a month to month indicating people with and without disabilities
This graphic compares the labor market indicators for December 2022 and January 2023, showing an increase

in the labor force participation rate for people with disabilities, a slight decline for people without disabilities, and

declines in the employment-to-population ratios for both groups.

 

 

Month-to-Month nTIDE Numbers (comparing December 2022 to January 2023)
Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Jobs Report released today, the labor force participation rate for people with disabilities (ages 16-64) increased from 39.0 percent in December 2022 to 39.6 percent in January 2023 (up 1.5 percent or 0.6 percentage points). For people without disabilities (ages 16-64), the labor force participation rate decreased slightly from 76.9 percent in December 2022 to 76.8 percent in January 2023 (down 0.1 percent or 0.1 percentage points).

“More people with disabilities are striving to work, as indicated by January’s rise in their labor force participation rate. Also, the news is filled with reports that employers have dramatically increased the number of available jobs,” remarked Andrew Houtenville, PhD, professor of economics and research director of the UNH-IOD. “Next month, we will see whether these trends lead to increased employment for people with disabilities,” he added.

January 2023 saw declines in employment-to-population rates. For people with disabilities (ages 16-64) the employment-to-population ratio decreased from 37.0 percent in December 2022 to 36.7 percent in January 2023 (down 0.8 percent or 0.3 percentage points). Similarly, the employment-to-population ratio of people without disabilities (ages 16-64) decreased from 74.4 percent in December 2022 to 73.9 percent in January 2023 (down 0.7 percent or 0.5 percentage points). The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population (the number of people working divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100).

“Contrary to the upward trends seen in the past few months, the employment-to-population ratio for people with disabilities fell in January,” said John O’Neill, PhD, director of the Center for Employment and Disability Research at Kessler Foundation. “Considering that this downward trend was also true for people without disabilities, we may be seeing the impact of the Federal Reserve’s efforts to curb inflation by slowing economic growth and/or a decline in seasonal employment,” he noted.

 

Bar graphs with different colors indicating yearly report of employment for people with and without disabilities.
This graphic compares the labor market indicators for January 2022 and January 2023, showing increases for

people with and without disabilities.

 

 


About nTIDE Updates
National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) is a joint project of Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. The nTIDE team closely monitors the job numbers, issuing semi-monthly reports that track the impact of economic shifts on employment for people with and without disabilities. As the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wane and inflation persistently rises, the nTIDE team has superseded its mid-month COVID Update to a “Deeper Dive” into the BLS data for people with disabilities. The statistics in the nTIDE are based on BLS numbers but are not identical. They are customized by UNH to combine the statistics for men and women of working age (16- 64). nTIDE is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR; 90RTGE0005) and Kessler Foundation. Each nTIDE release is followed by an nTIDE Lunch & Learn online webinar. This live broadcast, hosted via Zoom Webinar, offers attendees Q&A on the latest nTIDE findings, provides news, updates from the field, and features invited panelists who discuss current disability-related findings and events.

About the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire
The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. For information on the Intitute’s NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), visit ResearchOnDisability.org.

About Kessler Foundation
Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research. Our scientists seek to improve cognition, mobility, and long-term outcomes, including employment, for adults and children with neurological and developmental disabilities of the brain and spinal cord including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and autism. Kessler Foundation also leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. KesslerFoundation.org.

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