U.S. men with disabilities were more likely to be in the labor force in April and to have jobs than they were a year earlier.
U.S. women with disabilities were a little less likely to be either employed or actively in the labor force.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has given data painting that picture of the job market for U.S. people with disabilities in a new civilian population employment status report.
Disability insurers watch the report series closely for clues of changes in how likely disability insurance claimants will be able to return to their old jobs or compete for new jobs.
In April, the overall civilian labor force participation rate fell to 68.8 percent, from 69.1 percent a year earlier, even as the overall unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent. The total percentage of U.S. adults who had jobs increased slightly, to 64 percent, from 63.8 percent.
For workers with disabilities, the indicators looked different.
For all workers with disabilities, the unemployment rate rose to 12.9 percent, from 12.5 percent, but the labor force participation rate increased to 20.7 percent, from 20.3 percent and the employment-to-population ratio crept up to 18 percent, from 17.8 percent.
Men with disabilities seemed to do better than women with disabilities.