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DH-15 Reduce unemployment among people with disabilities

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Current Population Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
15.6 (2009)
Target: 
14.0
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 16 to 64 years with disabilities who want a job, are available to work, and are actively looking for work

Denominator: 

Number of persons aged 16 to 64 years with disabilities who are in the U.S. labor force

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2009 Current Population Survey:

    [NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]

    Is anyone in the household deaf or do they have serious difficulty hearing?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Is this person blind or do they have serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Does this person have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor's office or shopping?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Are you a citizen of the United States?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Last week, did you do any work for either pay or profit?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Did you have more than one job, including part time evening or weekend?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Does anyone in this household have a business or farm?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Last week, did you do any unpaid work in the family business or farm?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Did you receive any payments or profits from the business?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Last week (in addition to the business) did you have a job, either full time or part time? Include any job from which you were temporarily absent.

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Are you being paid by employer for any of the time off?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Last week, were you on layoff from a job?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Has your employer given you a date to return to work?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Have you been given any indication that you will be recalled to work within the next six months?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Do you currently want a job, either full time or part time

    1. Yes or maybe, it depends
    2. No
    3. Has a job

    Have you been doing anything to find work during the last four weeks?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    What are all of the things you have done to find work during the last four weeks?

    [Please list]______________________

    Last week, could you have started a job if one had been offered?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    [If No:] Why is that? [If reason other than temporary illness, the person is NOT in the labor force.]

Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    The Unemployment Rate is equal to the number of U.S. civilian citizens aged 16 to 64 years with disabilities who are unemployed divided by the number of U.S. civilian citizens aged 16 to 64 years with disabilities who are in the labor force.

    A person is identified with a disability if he/she responded “yes” to any of the first six questions. A person is considered unemployed if he/she responded “yes” to being laid off from a job or wanting a job and doing anything to find a job. A person is considered to be in the labor force if he/she responded “yes” to being a U.S. citizen and “yes” to any of the following questions: being laid off from a job, wanting and job and doing anything to find a job, being able to start a job, doing any work for pay, having more than one job, having a business or farm, doing unpaid work in a family business, receiving payments or profits, having a job or temporarily absent, or being paid for time off.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
The original baseline was revised from 14.5% (2009) to 15.6% (2009) to correct a programming error. The original estimate measured unemployment among persons aged 16 years and over; it was corrected to measure unemployment among persons aged 16 to 64 years. The target was adjusted from 13.1 to 14.0 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  1. Current Population Survey (CPS), 2010 [Internet]. Washington (DC): Bureau of labor Statistics. c2010 – [cited 2010, Mar 10.].
  2. Labor force statistics from the current population survey [Internet database]. Washington (DC): Bureau of Labor Statistics. c2010 – [cited 2010 Mar 11.].