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Section 2: Work Disability and the Labor Force

2.8. Do the states differ in the percentage of people with a work disability who are working?

The ten states with the highest percentage of people with work disabilities who are working are Minnesota (48.4%), South Dakota (46.3%), Nebraska (45.4%) , Alaska (45.3%), Utah (43.9%), Connecticut and New Hampshire (43.5%), Wyoming (42.7%), Idaho (42.6%) and Iowa (42.5%). With the exception of New York and New Mexico, the ten states with the highest percentage of people not working are in the South: West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina.

Employment rate of people with a work disability, by state.

Map of the U.S. showing the percentage of people with work disabilities who are working in each state.

Figure 12: Map showing percentage of people with a work disability who are working, by state, 16-64 years
State Percent
Working
Percent
Not Working
Alabama 26.1 73.9
Alaska 45.3 54.7
Arizona 35.0 65.0
Arkansas 28.2 71.8
California 34.8 65.2
Colorado 42.1 57.9
Connecticut 43.5 56.5
Delaware 40.4 59.6
D.C. 31.5 68.5
Florida 34.8 65.2
Georgia 32.2 67.8
Hawaii 40.8 59.2
Idaho 42.6 57.4
Illinois 33.6 66.4
Indiana 36.2 63.8
Iowa 42.5 57.5
Kansas 41.5 58.5
Kentucky 24.4 75.6
Louisiana 23.7 76.3
Maine 37.5 62.5
Maryland 40.0 60.0
Massachusetts 36.3 63.7
Michigan 31.9 68.1
Minnesota 48.4 51.6
Mississippi 23.5 76.5
Missouri 34.2 65.8
Montana 37.5 62.5
Nebraska 45.4 54.6
Nevada 41.9 58.1
New Hampshire 43.5 56.5
New Jersey 36.9 63.1
New Mexico 31.4 68.6
New York 30.2 69.8
North Carolina 33.6 66.4
North Dakota 41.7 58.3
Ohio 32.6 67.4
Oklahoma 34.7 65.3
Oregon 42.4 57.6
Pennsylvania 31.6 68.4
Rhode Island 37.4 62.6
South Carolina 29.7 70.3
South Dakota 46.3 53.7
Tennessee 27.8 72.2
Texas 34.2 65.8
Utah 43.9 56.1
Vermont 41.8 58.2
Virginia 35.4 64.6
Washington 40.5 59.5
West Virginia 20.3 79.7
Wisconsin 40.2 59.8
Wyoming 42.7 57.3

Table 3: Employment rate of people with a work disability, by state

Source: University of West Virginia Website.
http://www.icdi.wvu.edu/disability/tables

Surveys: U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1990 Census.

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