Section 3: Factors Related to Work Disability
3.6. How does work disability differ by gender?
There is little difference in the percentage of working-age men and women with a work disability. The 8.3 million men with a work disability make up 9.8% of the male population age 16 - 64. The 8.9 million women with a work disability comprise 9.9% of the working-age female population.
The rate of severe work disability is nearly the same for men and women -- 6.5% or 5.5 million men and 6.6% or 5.8 million women.
Do not compare these data to earlier data as the question asked in the CPS was rephrased in 1994. This has resulted in more people with a work disability being identified, and particularly increases the numbers in the 35-44 and 45-54 year age groups.
Men and women have similar rates of work disability at all ages.
Table 4: Percentage and number with work disability, by gender and age group, 16-64 years
Source: U. S. Bureau of the Census Website, Table 198.
Surveys: CPS, 1998.