Employees with Disabilities: An Exceptional Labor Market

While they are 10-20 percent of the population, people with disabilities hold 3.3 percent of the jobs. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 13.4 percent in 2012 compared to 7.9 percent for those without a disability. This data does not prove discrimination, although it raises suspicion. Do employers resist hiring people with disabilities simply because it is more risky and costly to employ people with disabilities? A comprehensive review of the research examined the costs and benefits of employing people with disabilities.

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