Section 5: Work and Disabilities
5.7. How many people are limited or unable to work because of a health condition?
For people between 18 and 69 years of age, work is considered to be the major activity. Measuring work limitations due to a chronic health condition, an estimated 10.9 million of these people are unable to work (6.6%), while another 8.1 million are limited in amount or kind of work activity (5.0%). For females, 6.6% are unable to work while an additional 4.8% are limited, compared to 6.7% of males unable to work and 5.1% who are limited.
As age increases, so does the impact of chronic conditions on ability to work. Only 1.9% of 18-24 year olds are unable to work, but the rate rises to 18.6% for 65-69 year olds. Similarly, 2.6% of 18-24 year olds are limited in amount or kind of work activity which rises to 10.0% for 65-69 year olds.
Asians and Pacific Islanders report the fewest limitations in work activity.
Source: LaPlante, 1995
Survey: NHIS 1992