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Allsup says unemployment remains double for people with disabilities

Belleville-based Allsup says people with disabilities continue to see an unemployment rate double that of other members of the workforce.

Allsup Employment Services, which provides return to work services through the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program, cited monthly data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in coming to its conclusion.

That data shows 10.9 percent unemployment for people with disabilities and 5.0 percent unemployment for people without disabilities in August.

“The economy was greatly affected by the pandemic and many individuals lost their jobs, but it was especially hard for those with disabilities,” said Diane Winiarski, director at Allsup Employment Services, an SSA-authorized Employment Network (shown). “As the economy recovers, we need to create a more inclusive workforce that gives individuals with disabilities the opportunities they deserve to reenter the workforce.”

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which commemorates the many and varied contributions of individuals with disabilities to America’s economy. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the unemployment rate for people with disabilities, pushing the rate up to 13.2 percent in August 2020.

AES helps people with disabilities return back to former employers or find new job opportunities in growing industries through Ticket to Work, a free program available to Social Security Disability Insurance recipients who reach medical stability or recovery.

Learn more at or call 1 (866) 540-5105.

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