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Disability and Employment

Summary of Publication

Older workers often experience career-altering disabilities that can affect their economic security as they near retirement.

  • People age 50+ are more than three times as likely as younger people to report having a disability. Based on data from the American Community Survey, 25% of people age 50+ experienced disabilities in 2012, compared with 7 percent of younger adults.
  • At ages 50-64, adults with disabilities are less than half as likely to be employed as those without disabilities.
  • People ages 50-64 with disabilities are much more likely to have low incomes than those without disabilities. Being employed significantly narrows the gap.

 

Read the full report: Disability and Employment (PDF)

See also: Labor Market Discrimination Against Older People with Disabilities (PDF)