Disability employment by the numbers

With the baby-boomer generation retiring, people with disabilities are now the largest untapped labor source, and their unemployment rate is higher than the broader population.

20.4%
In 2017
20.4%

of people with a disabilities were employed…

68.7%
…while the employment rate for people without disabilities was

68.7%

Social and Business Impact

People with disabilities in the United States have an annual discretionary spending power of $220 billion—and that doesn’t even take into account the spending power of their family, friends and supporters.

87%
of consumers said that they “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they would prefer to give their business to companies that employ people with disabilities.

A significant portion of a company’s existing workforce will experience a disability during their employment.

20% Mid-forties
of workers will experience a disability that lasts a year or more during their professional lives, and that rate accelerates when employees pass their mid-forties.

Disabilities in America

U.S. map

The approximate number of people with disabilities in the United States:

The approximate percentage of U.S. families that have at least one member with a disability:

The approximate percentage of U.S. families that have at least one child with a disability:

1 in 5
…people in this country with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning and attention issues
Among them: Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Barbara Corcoran and perhaps someone in your own family!

  1. Source: Diversity, Inc.;
  2. Source: US Census Bureau;
  3. Source: US Census Data;