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 October 20th 2020
Unemployment data for Puerto Rico remains unavailable since February. Based on history, when these numbers are available, they will be extremely high.
As of August 2020
The August 2020 U.S. International Trade chart has been added to the bottom of this page. Imports increased in August 2020 from July 2020 ($231.7 to $239.0 billion). Exports also increased in August 2020 from July 2020 ($168.1 to $171.9 billion). The trade deficit increased in August 2020 from July 2020 ($63.6 to $67.1 billion).
As of September 2020
The September 2020 total unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) decreased from the August 2020 total unemployment rate (8.4% to 7.9%). The unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted) also decreased for people with no disabilities (8.4% to 7.5%) and for people with a disability (13.0% to 12.7%).
The September 2020 total unemployment rate (non-adjusted) decreased from the August 2020 total unemployment rate (8.5% to 7.7%). The unemployment rate (non-adjusted) also decreased for people with no disabilities (10.3% to 8.4%) and for people with a disability (13.2% to 12.5%).
The unemployment rate for people with a disability is still higher than the rate as people with no disability – 12.7% compared to 7.5% (seasonally adjusted) and 12.5% compared to 8.4% not seasonally adjusted) . (September 2020)1
The percentage of those unemployed over 52 weeks for the month of September 2020 increased to 7.1% and the number of unemployed (898,381 people) from August 2020, 6.0% (824,584 people). (See Unemployed 52 Weeks or Longer)
States as of August 2020
10 states remain above 10% unemployment.
Nevada – 13.2%
Rhode Island – 12.8%
Hawaii – 12.5%
New York – 12.5%
California – 11.4%
New Mexico – 11.3%
Massachusetts – 11.3%
Illinois – 11.0%
New Jersey 10.9%
Pennsylvania – 10.3%
All states reached their highest unemployment percentages since January 1976 (April, May, June and July and August).
17 states have reached both their all time high and low unemployment rate in 2020.
47 states have a higher number of average monthly number of unemployed in 2020 (thru July) than 2008.
All states have a higher number of average monthly number of unemployed in 2020 (thru August) than 2019.
Municipalities as of August 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.
57 of the 393 municipalities (14.5%) have an average monthly number of unemployed lower in 2020 than 2008. (August 2020)
(No states have lower average monthly number of unemployed lower in 2020 than 2008 in all of their municipalities; 36 states 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 August 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.