ERIC Number: EJ1017577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Labor Force Participation Rates among Working-Age Individuals with Visual Impairments
Kelly, Stacy M.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v107 n6 p509-513 Nov-Dec 2013
The present study analyzes four consecutive years of monthly labor force participation rates reported by the Current Population Survey that included nationally representative samples of the general U.S. population and nationally representative samples of the U.S. population with specifically identified disabilities. Visual impairment is one of the disabilities specifically included in the survey questionnaire. Three questions were the focus of this study, derived from a secondary analysis of current population data. These questions are: (1) During the four-year time period from 2009 to 2012, what is the labor force participation rate among all working-age (16 to 64 years of age) people in the U.S. civilian non-institutional population and how does this number compare with the labor force participation rate among working-age individuals who are visually impaired in the U.S. civilian non-institutional population during the same time period? (2) Taking a closer look, what are the yearly average labor force participation rates among working-age individuals when examined by gender during the 2009-2012 time frame? and (3) How does the yearly average labor force participation rate from research question 1 change over the four-year time period from 2009 to 2012? The study found that approximately 39% of people with visual impairments participated in the U.S. workforce compared with nearly three-fourths (or approximately 74%) of the general working-age population during the measured four-year period.
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Labor Force, Employment Statistics, Gender Differences, Occupational Surveys, Adults, Late Adolescents, Labor Force Nonparticipants
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