Acknowledgements and Disclaimers

Unemployment Statistics

National Data Source

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – Current Population Survey (CPS)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses the Current Population Survey (CPS) to generate the monthly national unemployment rate data.  It is a sample of 60,000 households; data are collected by personal and telephone interviews. Basic labor force data are gathered monthly; data on special topics are gathered in periodic supplements.

Source of data – BLS Handbook of Methods

State Data Source

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) 


The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program is a Federal-State cooperative effort in which monthly estimates of total employment and unemployment are prepared for approximately 7,300 areas:

  • Census regions and divisions

  • States

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan NECTAS (New England City and Town Areas)

  • Metropolitan Divisions and NECTA Divisions

  • Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Micropolitan NECTAs

  • Combined Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Combined NECTAs

  • Small Labor Market Areas

  • Counties and county equivalents

  • Cities of 25,000 population or more

  • Cities and towns in New England regardless of population

These estimates are key indicators of local economic conditions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for the concepts, definitions, technical procedures, validation, and publication of the estimates that State employment security agencies prepare under agreement with BLS. (More…)

Local Area Unemployment Statistics

To date, we have been unable to find monthly employment/unemployment data by state for disabled workers.  In lieu of data taken directly from the Bureau of Labor Statisitics (BLS), my associate, Andrew P. Hardy, PhD., has created a calculation based on the following BLS data:

  • BLS Monthly National Employment/Unemployment Data

  • BLS Monthly State Employment/Unemployment Data

  • BLS Monthly National Disabled/Not Disabled Employment/Unemployment Data

The formula has been further modified to estimate the state seasonally adjusted unemployment rates from the national not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for people with a disability and no disability.

This formula has been applied to BLS monthly state Employment/Unemployment Data to estimate the monthly State Disabled/Not Disabled Employment/Unemployment Data.

I will update monthly as the data becomes available.  Since the data for unemployment rates by state by month for disabled and not disabled people categories is not available from the Bureau of Labor Statisitics (BLS), we have created estimates based on the data that is available from the BLS.

You can find more information about each state at the following sites:


State Websites

I have used images from the official state websites as icons for the links to specific areas on their websites.  I am currently seeking approval from each state to use these images for the links.  Worst case, I will have to use a generic image for the links but the links will remain the same.

I am also keeping track of my contact and information received from each state.  This table will be updated as new information becomes available.

State Contact Checklist

Stamp Images

I also am in contact with the USPS for approval of using images of the Greetings and State Bird and Flower stamps.

City Links

I have included links to many of the official city websites in each state.  Please visit these sites and let me know if they provide information about hiring people with disabilities for employers or workers.


I am also in the process of setting up a scorecard for each site so that they can be ranked for how valuable they are for providing information about hiring people with disabilities.  I will set up the scorecard for each state for:

  • Assistance/Information Related to Hiring People With Disabilities

  • People With Disabilities Resources

    • Employment

  • Information on Jobs Throughout the State

    • Specific Resources for People With Disabilities Seeking Employment

    • Specific Resources for Disabled Veterans Seeking Employment

  • Veterans Benefits

    • Specific Resources for Disabled Veterans

I will also set up similar scorecards for each city.

State Birds and State Name Origins

All pictures of state birds come from Travel Trivia (

The state name origins come from Word Genius (www.WordGenius,com)

If you have any corrections, additions or suggestions, please contact me at

Thank you for participating.