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Employment of Persons with a Disability: Analysis of Trends during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citation

Office of Disability Employment Policy. (2022). Employment of Persons with a Disability: Analysis of Trends during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Abstract

This brief analyzes trends in key labor force statistics from the Current Population Survey (CPS) by disability status through December 2021. Employment trends are also examined across broad categories of industry and occupation, since the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has varied considerably across these categories. Primary reasons for this variance are the relative ease of social distancing in an occupation, given the necessary physical proximity between workers (or between workers and customers), referred to as “contact intensity,” and the extent to which jobs are suited for telework. Two independent research papers are used to define contact intensity and ability to telework by occupation, which allows observation of employment trends by disability status and by occupational categories classified according to contact intensity and the ability to telework.

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