The long term trend is toward higher rates of participation in the labor force, for both those with a disability and those with no disability. In 1983, 79.1% of persons with no disability were part of the labor force; in 1994, that figure had risen to 83.0%. Of those with disabilities, 48.6% were part of the labor force in 1983; in 1994, the proportion had risen to 51.8%.
However, the majority of that change is due to the change in labor force participation of women. The rate of men with a disability has stayed fairly constant - 60% in 1983, 58.8% in 1994. The same rate for women, however, increased from 38% in 1983 to 45.6% in 1994.
Source: Trupin, 1996
Survey: NHIS 1983-1994