Disabled Workers Make Less Money, Less Likely to Obtain Jobs

According to a story on disabilityscoop.com, people with disabilities are three times less likely to obtain a job while those who are working earn 75 cents for every dollar their contemporaries earn. The story cited statistics provided by the United States Census Bureau, which showed that between 2008 and 2010, people with disabilities accounted for 6 percent of the workforce.

Most of the employed disabled individuals were working in service or support roles, with positions like janitors or building cleaners, cashiers, dishwashers and retail sales. Because of the positions they occupy, more than 50 percent of disabled workers earn less than $25,000 annually.

“Even within the largest occupations, employed workers with disabilities, on average, earned less than similarly employed workers without disabilities,” Jennifer Cheeseman Day, the assistant chief for employment characteristics at the Census Bureau told disabilityscoop.com

In order for a person to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, a determination for eligibility is largely based on his or her work history. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two different gauges by which to evaluate your work history. The first of these tests is titled the “Duration of Work Test,” while the second is titled 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.

If you have questions about an application for disability benefits, do not hesitate to contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers for a free consultation. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys

Troutman Touts: The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 26,379 claims involving the disabled in 2012.


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