Job Options are Growing for Americans With Disabilities
By: Krystal Etienne · February 27, 2023 · Reading Time: 3 minutes
In January, the US unemployment rate sat at just 3.4%, signaling one of the tightest labor markets in recent memory. On top of that, today’s employers have become especially flexible when it comes to meeting their employees’ work preferences. Offerings of hybrid schedules and completely remote working opportunities have increased, among other accommodations.
This is especially good news for workers typically marginalized in the job market, such as those with a disability. For these workers who often require unique working accommodations, this is an ideal time to take a second look at what the job market has to offer.
By the Numbers
Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is a program that’s set up to assist Americans who cannot work due to a disability. There are currently more than 7.6 million Americans receiving monthly payments from this program. However, record numbers of disabled Americans are now foregoing these benefits for work.
More than 35% of the disabled community is now a part of the workforce, the highest rate since the US began tracking the data in 2007, and up 31% from the pre-pandemic era. Evidently, the pandemic forced companies to make work-from-home environments comfortable and productive. These adjustments led to flexible opportunities that could, in turn, also accommodate job seekers with disabilities. Ultimately, better employer support and favorable labor market conditions could largely be why we’re seeing such an uptick in disabled individuals working.
Back to Business
If you, a friend, or loved one identify as disabled, the current state of the job market may be in your favor. But where to start?
An easy way to begin the job hunt is by exploring the SSDI’s Ticket To Work program . This program is designed explicitly to help SSDI recipients ease back into the workplace. You can also leverage employment networks like Allsup Employment Services , which provides career counseling and job placement services. Notably, these tools can help you reenter the workforce without immediately giving up your SSDI benefits.
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