To raise awareness of services available for people with disabilities seeking employment and encourage businesses, state and local governments to embrace their employment.
Note: The April unemployment numbers will show the first full month of severe increases in unemployment numbers due to the Corona Virus (Covid-19) and the stock market decline.
The number of people unemployed less than 5 weeks took a dramatic increase from 1,939,000 to 3,118,000 (62.2%). Female unemployment during this time period increased from 909,000 to 1,502,000 (65.2%) and male unemployment increased from 1,030,000 to 1,616,000 (56.9%)
Highlights – Updated April 3rd 2020
As of March 2020
The March 2020 total unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) increased from the February 2020 total unemployment rate (3.5% to 4.4%). The unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted) increased for people with no disabilities (3.4% to 4.3%) and for people with a disability (7.2% to 8.0%).
The March 2020 total unemployment rate (non-adjusted) increased from the February 2020 total unemployment rate (3.8% to 4.5%). The unemployment rate (non-adjusted) increased for people with no disabilities (3.6% to 4.4%) and for people with a disability (7.8%to 8.3%).
The unemployment rate for people with a disability is still higher nearly twice the rate as people with no disability – 8.0% compared to 4.3% (seasonally adjusted) and 8.3% compared to 4.4% not seasonally adjusted) . (March 2020)1
The percentage of those unemployed over 52 weeks for the month of March 2020 decreased to 10.1% but the number of unemployed increased (723,205 people) from February 2020, 10.5% (615,083 people). (See Unemployed 52 Weeks or Longer)
States as of February 2020
3 states (South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming) are the only states that do not have a lower number of average monthly number of unemployed in 2020 (thru February) than 2008.
21 states (Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) have a higher number of average monthly number of unemployed in 2020 (thru February) than 2019.
Municipalities as of January 2020
On May 1, 2019, seasonally-adjusted data for non-modeled metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions were updated from January 2010 forward based on revised historical not-seasonally-adjusted estimates and re-fitting of seasonal-adjustment models. At the same time, the data were smoothed using the Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space (RKHS) filter that had been implemented for model-based areas in early 2018. The implementation of the smoothing filter resulted in changes back to the series beginnings in January 1990.
378 of the 393 municipalities (96.2%) have an average monthly number of unemployed lower in 2020 than 2008. (January 2020)
(44 states have lower average monthly number of unemployed lower in 2020 than 2008 in all of their municipalities; Wyoming is the only state that has a higher average monthly number of unemployed in 2020 than 2008 in all of their municipalities)
152 municipalities have a higher average monthly number of unemployed in 2020 than they did in 2019.
I have added municipality unemployment charts on their respective state unemployment pages for:
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell
- Cape Coral-Fort Myers
- Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington
- Green Bay
- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim
- Louisville-Jefferson County
- Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach
- Minneapolis-St. Paul=Bloomington
- New Orleans-Metairie
- New York-Newark-Jersey City
- Salt Lake City
- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward
- St, Louis
Smoothed Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates Are Current as of January 2020
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) New Regulations: Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act
OFCCP’s New Regulations to Improve Job Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
PLEASE NOTE: The Number of People Unemployed Over 52 Weeks is initially based on an estimate when the national data comes out each month but is more accurately represented when the state data is available. The percentages, however, will not change.