According to the DisabilityScoop, the country added 165,000 jobs in April; however, employment numbers for disabled workers remained nearly unchanged. The website reports that the “unemployment rate in April stood at 12.9 percent for those with disabilities, down just slightly from 13 percent the month prior.”
DisabilityScoop reported that the U.S. Department of Labor started to track employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. This included people with disabilities covers those over the age of 16 who do not live in institutions.
The job market remains pretty dire for the disabled—even when a person is able to obtain a job, the pay does not usually match that of a worker in the general population. Earlier this year, it was reported that more than 50 percent of disabled workers earn less than $25,000 annually.
We wonder how many of these disabled and unemployed Americas are 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 of these tests is the “Duration of Work Test,” while the second is the “Recent Work Test.” These tests take into account how long you have worked as well as how recently in order to determine whether you qualify for disability benefits.
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