Idaho 11th in disability employment

Catie Clark

Idaho ranked 11th in the country in 2016 for the number of disabled persons with employment.
The ranking is based on data from Respectability, a non-profit advocacy organization that educates and lobbies for those with disabilities. The group publishes an annual employment study for the previous year, tracking disabled people in the job market both nationally and by state. The data for 2016 was released last week.
Idaho's standing improved between 2015 to 2016, from 15th in the nation to 11th. The rate rose from 38.3 percent to 43.3, representing an addition of 4,966 disabled persons with jobs who were previously unemployed.
The national average employment rate is 35.9 percent, based on non-institutionalized disabled U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 64.
Idaho's increase was the third best in the country. Only Alaska, with a net increase of 5.5 percent and North Dakota with 5.2 did better. In absolute rankings, North Dakota had the best rate in the country at 54 percent. Alaska ranked fourth in the nation at 47.9.
Wyoming was the best in the nation for disabled employment in 2015 but fell to sixth in 2016.
The performance of surrounding states for 2016 was variable. Utah ranked seventh with a rate of 47 percent. Montana edged Idaho out for tenth place with a rate of 43.9 by a thin 0.6 percent. Nevada was 13th at 42.
Oregon and Washington tied for 19th and 20th, with the same rate of 39.2 percent.
Out of almost 20 million working-age people with disabilities in the country, only 7.4 million people with disabilities have a job in 2016. A new poll released by RespectAbility shows that 70 percent of people with disabilities want to work.