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Statistics on Jobs for People with Disabilities

Four images of diverse people with disabilitiesData from the 2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium shows that while Americans with disabilities are entering the workforce in greater numbers, serious gaps in employment exist between different states. If you want to know how your state is doing on jobs for people with disabilities, the tables on this page are an easy way to find out. For more information on the data, you can read our press release.

To review the Compendium itself, please visit their outstanding website here: https://www.disabilitycompendium.org.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the Disability Statistics Compendium, please visit: https://www.disabilitycompendium.org/faq. Assistance interpreting and locating additional statistics is available via UNH’s toll-free number, 866.538.9521, or by email, disability.statistics@unh.edu

Citation: Lauer, E.A. & Houtenville, A.J., 2020. Annual Disability Statistics Compendium: 2019. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability.

States Ranked by the Gap in Employment Rates between People with and without Disabilities

State Ranking States Total Working Age People with Disabilities # of Working-Age People with Disabilities with Jobs People with Disabilities Employment Rate People without Disabilities Employment Rate Gap in Employment Rates Job Gains and Losses in 2018
U.S. 20,212,750 7,602,698 38 77.8 40.2 29,893
1st ND 38,215 21,598 57 83.4 26.9 579
2nd SD 53,828 29,037 53.9 83.2 29.3 3,618
3rd WY 35,797 17,274 48 80.5 32.2 -1,789
4th MT 67,140 31,719 47 80 32.8 -216
5th NE 106,943 53,637 50.2 83.6 33.4 -1,754
6th UT 155,329 72,186 47 79.9 33.4 -2,568
7th AK 51,416 21,966 43 76.5 33.8 -1,849
8th CO 310,982 147,035 47 81.3 34 5,344
9th NV 184,884 78,230 42.3 77.2 34.9 4,262
10th MN 296,481 145,820 49.2 84.3 35.1 123
11th ID 117,561 49,464 42.1 78.1 36 -5,484
12th TX 1,639,624 659,558 40.2 76.4 36.2 11,581
13th IA 174,957 81,251 46.4 82.9 36.5 3,505
14th KS 194,225 87,802 45.2 82.1 36.9 -1,267
15th AZ 449,009 173,613 38.7 75.7 37 17,419
16th MD 341,159 149,359 43.8 80.8 37 7,489
17th OR 295,114 122,184 41.4 78.4 37 13,157
18th HI 66,355 28,503 43 80.1 37.1 2,957
19th OK 327,111 129,170 39.5 77 37.5 1,562
20th WA 478,622 195,251 40.8 78.8 38 303
21st NM 159,258 53,008 33.3 71.6 38.3 -3,997
22nd CA 1,896,634 700,456 36.9 75.6 38.7 -21,080
23rd NH 90,754 39,742 43.8 82.6 38.8 3,673
24th VT 44,257 18,761 42.4 81.4 39 -3,473
25th VA 485,460 194,796 40.1 79.2 39.1 -9,307
26th CT 180,465 70,229 38.9 79.4 40.5 -5,867
27th GA 658,811 238,875 36.3 76.8 40.5 10,980
28th DE 61,531 22,508 36.6 77.2 40.6 2,932
29th IL 675,092 257,496 38.1 78.8 40.7 -5,968
30th WI 322,172 135,105 41.9 82.8 40.9 -7,180
31st LA 374,421 121,952 32.6 73.7 41.1 -731
32nd FL 1,247,620 438,440 35.1 76.3 41.2 9,802
33rd OH 844,409 323,356 38.3 79.5 41.2 13,691
34th RI 80,903 30,478 37.7 79 41.3 -309
35th NJ 417,347 156,502 37.5 79.3 41.8 -5,227
36th PA 885,157 333,140 37.6 79.4 41.8 3,380
37th MA 384,133 146,757 38.2 80.1 41.9 -2,876
38th NC 680,863 239,666 35.2 77.2 42 6,791
39th IN 472,444 178,093 37.7 79.8 42.1 -6,250
40th MI 730,791 259,363 35.5 77.6 42.1 13,167
41st NY 1,061,050 360,749 34 76.8 42.8 -18,202
42nd WV 175,002 49,839 28.5 71.3 42.8 640
43rd SC 366,373 122,332 33.4 76.5 43.1 -457
44th MO 446,516 161,852 36.2 79.6 43.4 -10,431
45th MS 262,760 74,874 28.5 72.1 43.6 1,671
46th AL 417,381 121,576 29.1 73.2 44.1 9,546
47th TN 552,942 184,851 33.4 77.2 43.8 5,802
48th AR 275,710 86,243 31.3 76.1 44.8 -1,677
49th ME 114,014 42,411 37.2 82.8 45.6 2,987
50th KY 417,808 127,820 30.6 76.5 45.9 -2,134

States Ranked by Disability Employment Rate

State Ranking State Total working-age People with Disabilities Working-age People with Disabilities employed % Employed Job Gains and Losses
1st ND 38,215 21,598 56.5% 579
2nd SD 53,828 29,037 53.9% 3,618
3rd NE 106,943 53,637 50.2% -1,754
4th MN 296,481 145,820 49.2% 123
5th WY 35,797 17,274 48.3% -1,789
6th CO 310,982 147,035 47.3% 5,344
7th MT 67,140 31,719 47.2% -216
8th UT 155,329 72,186 46.5% -2,568
9th IA 174,957 81,251 46.4% 3,505
10th KS 194,225 87,802 45.2% -1,267
11th NH 90,754 39,742 43.8% 7,489
12th MD 341,159 149,359 43.8% 3,673
13th HI 66,355 28,503 43.0% 2,957
14th AK 51,416 21,966 42.7% -1,849
15th VT 44,257 18,761 42.4% -3,473
16th NV 184,884 78,230 42.3% 4,262
17th ID 117,561 49,464 42.1% -5,484
18th WI 322,172 135,105 41.9% -7,180
19th OR 295,114 122,184 41.4% 13,157
20th WA 478,622 195,251 40.8% 303
21st TX 1,639,624 659,558 40.2% 11,581
22nd VA 485,460 194,796 40.1% -9,307
23rd OK 327,111 129,170 39.5% 1,562
24th CT 180,465 70,229 38.9% -5,867
25th AZ 449,009 173,613 38.7% 17,419
26th OH 844,409 323,356 38.3% 13,691
27th MA 384,133 146,757 38.2% -2,876
28th IL 675,092 257,496 38.1% -5,968
29th IN 472,444 178,093 37.7% -6,250
30th RI 80,903 30,478 37.7% -309
31st PA 885,157 333,140 37.6% 3,380
32nd NJ 417,347 156,502 37.5% -5,227
33rd ME 114,014 42,411 37.2% 2,987
34th CA 1,896,634 700,456 36.9% -21,080
35th DE 61,531 22,508 36.6% 2,932
36th GA 658,811 238,875 36.3% 10,980
37th MO 446,516 161,852 36.2% -10,431
38th MI 730,791 259,363 35.5% 13,167
39th NC 680,863 239,666 35.2% 6,791
40th FL 1,247,620 438,440 35.1% 9,802
41st NY 1,061,050 360,749 34.0% -18,202
42nd TN 552,942 184,851 33.4% -457
43rd SC 366,373 122,332 33.4% 5,802
44th NM 159,258 53,008 33.3% -3,997
45th LA 374,421 121,952 32.6% -731
46th AR 275,710 86,243 31.3% -1,677
47th KY 417,808 127,820 30.6% -2,134
48th AL 417,381 121,576 29.1% 9,546
49th MS 262,760 74,874 28.5% 1,671
50th WV 175,002 49,839 28.5% 640

States Ranked by Job Gains/Losses for People with Disabilities

State Ranking State Name # of People with Disabilities Employed – 2018 # of People with Disabilities Employed – 2017 Difference Between 2018 and 2017 aka Job Gains or Losses
US 7,602,698 7,572,805 29,893
1st AZ 173,613 156,194 17,419
2nd OH 323,356 309,665 13,691
3rd MI 259,363 246,196 13,167
4th OR 122,184 109,027 13,157
5th TX 659,558 647,977 11,581
6th GA 238,875 227,895 10,980
7th FL 438,440 428,638 9,802
8th AL 121,576 112,030 9,546
9th MD 149,359 141,870 7,489
10th NC 239,666 232,875 6,791
11th TN 184,851 179,049 5,802
12th CO 147,035 141,691 5,344
13th NV 78,230 73,968 4,262
14th NH 39,742 36,069 3,673
15th SD 29,037 25,419 3,618
16th IA 81,251 77,746 3,505
17th PA 333,140 329,760 3,380
18th ME 42,411 39,424 2,987
19th HI 28,503 25,546 2,957
20th DE 22,508 19,576 2,932
21st MS 74,874 73,203 1,671
22nd OK 129,170 127,608 1,562
23rd WV 49,839 49,199 640
24th ND 21,598 21,019 579
25th WA 195,251 194,948 303
26th MN 145,820 145,697 123
27th MT 31,719 31,935 -216
28th RI 30,478 30,787 -309
29th SC 122,332 122,789 -457
30th LA 121,952 122,683 -731
31st KS 87,802 89,069 -1,267
32nd AR 86,243 87,920 -1,677
33rd NE 53,637 55,391 -1,754
34th WY 17,274 19,063 -1,789
35th AK 21,966 23,815 -1,849
36th KY 127,820 129,954 -2,134
37th UT 72,186 74,754 -2,568
38th MA 146,757 149,633 -2,876
39th VT 18,761 22,234 -3,473
40th NM 53,008 57,005 -3,997
41st NJ 156,502 161,729 -5,227
42nd ID 49,464 54,948 -5,484
43rd CT 70,229 76,096 -5,867
44th IL 257,496 263,464 -5,968
45th IN 178,093 184,343 -6,250
46th WI 135,105 142,285 -7,180
47th VA 194,796 204,103 -9,307
48th MO 161,852 172,283 -10,431
49th NY 360,749 378,951 -18,202
50th CA 700,456 721,536 -21,080

Change in Employment Gap Between People with and without Disabilities

State Gap between People with and without Disabilities in 2017 Gap between People with and without Disabilities in 2018 Gap Change
U.S. 40.2 40.2 0
AL 45.9 44.1 1.8
AK 30.8 33.8 -3
AZ 38.8 37 1.8
AR 45 44.8 0.2
CA 38.6 38.7 -0.1
CO 35.1 34 1.1
CT 37.9 40.5 -2.6
DE 36.5 40.6 -4.1
FL 41.6 41.2 0.4
GA 41.6 40.6 1
HI 35.8 37.2 -1.4
ID 33.7 36 -2.3
IL 39.5 40.6 -1.1
IN 40.1 42.1 -2
IA 37 36.4 0.6
KS 34.5 36.9 -2.4
KY 46.1 45.9 0.2
LA 38.5 41.1 -2.6
ME 46.5 45.6 0.9
MD 38.1 37 1.1
MA 42.5 41.9 0.6
MI 43.2 42.2 1
MN 36.5 35.1 1.4
MS 44.2 43.6 0.6
MO 42.6 43.3 -0.7
MT 34.2 32.7 1.5
NE 35.7 33.4 2.3
NV 36.8 34.9 1.9
NH 40.6 38.8 1.8
NJ 40.6 41.8 -1.2
NM 37.8 38.3 -0.5
NY 41.7 42.8 -1.1
NC 43.1 42 1.1
ND 28 26.8 1.2
OH 42 41.2 0.8
OK 38.8 37.5 1.3
OR 40.2 37 3.2
PA 40.7 41.8 -1.1
RI 38 41.3 -3.3
SC 43.7 43.1 0.6
SD 31.2 29.2 2
TN 44.2 43.7 0.5
TX 36 36.1 -0.1
UT 30.1 33.4 -3.3
VT 32.9 39 -6.1
VA 38.2 39 -0.8
WA 37.7 38 -0.3
WV 44.2 42.8 1.4
WI 40.7 40.9 -0.2
WY 34.7 32.2 2.5

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