Unemployment and Participation Rates for People with Disability Getting Worse
New data from a Productivity Commission report on government assistance to people with disability and their carers has shown that unemployment is rising and participation falling for people with disability, and those with a profound or severe disability are being hit hardest.
Here are some key points the chapter titled Services for people with disability from the Report on Goverment Services 2017 :
- The unemployment rate for people with disability is increasing. For people with profound or severe disability aged 15-64, the unemployment rate increased from 10.3% in 2012 to 13.7% in 2015.
- Over the same period, the total unemployment rate for people with disability rose from 9.4% to 10.0%. The overall unemployment rate rose from 5.4% to 5.9%.
- In 2015 the unemployment rate for people with disability was highest in Tasmania at 16.2%, and the lowest in ACT at 3.6%. The State reporting the lowest rate was NSW, with 8.2%.
- The labour force participation rate for people with profound or severe disability aged 15-64 fell from 31.3% to 25.0%, and employment-to-population ratio decreased from 28.0% to 21.6%
- The proportion of people with disability with an employment restriction and participating in DES – ESS rose to 8.6% in 2014-15.
- The proportion of people with disability with an employment restriction and participating in DES – DMS was 8.4% in 2015-16.
- The proportion in supported employment services had fallen to 6.8% in 2014-15.
The report should serve as a "wake up call" to government, according to disability advocates.
To access the Productivity Commission Report, click here.