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One Out of Every Three Disabled Workers May Not Find Work

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

A common criticism some make of disability benefits is that people go on disability and then never return to work because they prefer to keep receiving the monthly checks from Uncle Sam to going out, hitting the pavement and finding a job. Of course the truth is a bit more complicated than that. The vast majority of disability beneficiaries would prefer to return to the work, where they can make more money and be a part of the workforce again. The problem, though, is that while the economy and employment picture is bad for everyone, it is awful for disabled workers.

Recent data shows that the unemployment rate for disabled workers has climbed for four consecutive quarters, reaching its highest level since economists began tracking the number. Whereas the overall unemployment rate is around 9 percent, the unemployment rate for the disabled is nearly twice as much at 16 to 17 percent.

Keep in mind as well that the official unemployment rate backs out a lot of other things like those who settled for part-time work and those who simply gave up looking for a job after going a long time without success. The “real” rate according to some experts is around 17 percent for the US economy. The real unemployment rate for disabled workers then could be as high as 33 percent, meaning that one out of every three disabled workers willing to work cannot find any work.

Additionally, the average Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) applicant now is 53 years old. The older the worker is, the more difficult it is more for him or her to find a job again, since job skills diminish and studies show that employers look less favorably on those unemployed for greater periods of time. Disabled workers over 50 face the added problems of fading skills and longer unemployment, both of which make them less likely to land jobs.

What has your experience been in transitioning from disability benefits back to the workforce? What difficulties do disabled workers face that others may not be aware of?

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys

Getting Disabled Working-Age Veterans Back to Work

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

According to Daily Finance, the unemployment rate remains high for certain people, such as those without a high school diploma and of course, for military veterans.

Working-age veterans, those aged 21 to 64, currently (as of February 2011,) have an unemployment rate of nearly 30 percent according to the Census Bureau. Within the general population, veterans with disabilities have an even higher unemployment rate at 41 percent in comparison to 27 percent of veterans who have returned without a disability.

Unfortunately, the 41 percent estimate is potentially a conservative estimate especially for veterans who return with undiagnosed disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD,) or TBI (traumatic brain injury.)

Cornell University researchers released a study noting that approximately 20 percent of returning service members potentially had PTSD or depression, and 19 percent had potential TBI. Overall, approximately 30 percent of veterans have at least one disability.

Disabled veterans are at a disadvantage for returning to the workforce, as many employers are simply unable to meet the needs of disabled vets; even if the employer has good intentions of recruiting, hiring and accommodating this population.

Though intentions may be good, employers have been misled to believe that accommodating disabled veterans or disabled workers in general as an expensive endeavor, costing upwards of tens of thousands of dollars when in reality, it may cost only up to $500.

Furthermore, businesses are only required to make accommodations if the worker brings a disability to attention, as per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Unfortunately, businesses are not required to accommodate disabled persons who impose a hardship on operations of the business.