DIEP RESEARCH BRIEF: How has COVID-19 impacted disability employment?

Authors: Ari Ne’eman and Nicole Maestas.

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Key Findings

  • The employment rate for people with disabilities recovered more quickly than for people without disabilities after the COVID-19 recession.
  • By Quarter 2 of 2022, the labor force participation and employment rates of people with disabilities were nearly 4 percentage points higher in than they were prior to the pandemic while they remained below pre-COVID levels for people without disabilities.
  • Employment growth for people with disabilities was concentrated in teleworkable, essential, and non-frontline occupations.

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