To raise awareness of services available for people with disabilities seeking employment and encourage businesses, state and local governments to embrace their employment.
Since we are constantly being bombarded by statistics on TV and on social media sites, here are 4 toolkits from the U.S. Census Bureau aimed at children (but don’t be ashamed or scared to learn from them if you’re an adult) to help us learn more at different levels.
Highlights – Updated June 5th 2020
As of April 2020
The April 2020 U.S. International Trade chart has been added to the bottom of this page. Imports decreased in April 2020 from March 2020 ($232.5 to $200.7 billion). Exports also decreased in April 2020 from March 2020 ($190.2 to $151.3 billion). The trade deficit increased in April 2020 from March 2020 ($42.3 to $49.4 billion).
As of May 2020
The May 2020 total unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) decreased from the April 2020 total unemployment rate (14.7% to 13.3%). The unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted) decreased for people with no disabilities (14.6% to 12.8%) and for people with a disability (19.3% to 17.9%).
The May 2020 total unemployment rate (non-adjusted) decreased from the April 2020 total unemployment rate (14.4% to 13.3%). The unemployment rate (non-adjusted) decreased for people with no disabilities (14.3% to 12.8%) and for people with a disability (18.9%to 17.9%).
The unemployment rate for people with a disability is still higher the rate as people with no disability – 17.9% compared to 12.8% (seasonally adjusted) and 17.9% compared to 12.8% not seasonally adjusted) . (May 2020)1
The percentage of those unemployed over 52 weeks for the month of May 2020 increased to 2.6% and the number of unemployed (544,075 people) from April 2020, 2.3% (492,613 people). (See Unemployed 52 Weeks or Longer)
The percentage decrease is a result of the substantial increase in unemployed Less Than 5 weeks, 5 to 6 Weeks and 7 to 10 Weeks.
States as of April 2020
While the majority of states unemployment rates increased into the teens, some stayed in the single digits (Connecticut – 7.9%, Maryland – 9.9%, Minnesota – 8.1%, Missouri – 9.7%, Nebraska – 8.3%, North Dakota – 8.5%, Utah – 9.7% and Wyoming – 9.2%) while others climbed into the twenties (Hawaii – 22.3%, Michigan – 22.7% and Nevada – 28.2%).
43 states reached their highest unemployment percentages since January 1976 with only Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Minnesota, Missouri, West Virginia and Wyoming still below their highest levels.
33 states (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming) are the only states that do not have a lower number of average monthly number of unemployed in 2020 (thru April) than 2008.
These numbers will again significantly increase in May 2020.
All states have a higher number of average monthly number of unemployed in 2020 (thru April) than 2019.
Municipalities as of April 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.
172 of the 393 municipalities (43.8%) have an average monthly number of unemployed lower in 2020 than 2008. (April 2020)
(24 states have lower average monthly number of unemployed lower in 2020 than 2008 in all of their municipalities; South Dakota and Wyoming are the only states that have a higher average monthly number of unemployed in 2020 than 2008 in all of their municipalities)
All 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 March 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.