According to DisabilityScoop, unemployment numbers rose in June for Americans with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the jobless rate for those with disabilities was 14.2 percent in June—an increase from 13.6 percent in May.
The numbers are concerning, as data shows that the economy added 195,000 jobs in June and unemployment among the general populate was 7.6 percent. According to DisabilityScoop, the data covers people with disabilities covers those over the age of 16 who do not live in institutions. “In addition to the uptick in the number of people without work, the Labor Department also noted an increase in individuals with disabilities who stopped looking for jobs,” the website reported.
Some of these disabled and unemployed Americas may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, which are determined based on a person’s work history. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two different gauges by which to evaluate your work history. The first test is the “Duration of Work Test,” while the second is the “Recent Work Test.” These tests take into account how long a person has worked, as well as how recently in order to determine whether he or she qualifies for disability benefits.
If you or a loved one suffer from a disability and you have questions about applying for benefits, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney. We offer free consultations, and you may reach us by phone at (918) 265-1404. Contact us today to learn more about your rights.