According to DisabilityScoop.com, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities declined in April by 2 percent.
The news outlet reported that the rate for Americans with disabilities fell from 14.5 percent in March to 12.5 percent in April. However, this may not entirely be good news—reports indicate that the decrease may be due to the number of people with disabilities dropping out of the job market.
According to DisabilityScoop.com, the data used to determine the rate comes from those who are over the age of 16, who do not live in institutions. Many people, who may be eligible to work, are simply going uncounted, as they may have given up looking for employment, the news source indicated.
It should be noted that nationally the overall employment rate in the U.S. in April was 6.3 percent.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
It is possible that many people who are disabled and seeking work are simply not finding it because they cannot perform the tasks or functions associated with the jobs they are applying to.
If this is the case, a person may want to look into applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
In order to receive benefits, a person must prove that his or her disability prevents him or her from doing work that exists in significant numbers because of the medical condition. Applicants also have to show that their disabilities have lasted for longer than a year or could result in death. Additionally, many people who are unable to work or do not have work credits may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
For more information about the SSDI application process, we suggest visiting our FAQ page or contacting our office at (918) 587-0050.
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