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Jobless rate for those with disabilities rising

Those suffering from disability qualifying conditions are also hurting in the job market. According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is now up to 13.6 percent for May, up 0.7 percent from the previous month. Unfortunately for those who are suffering, this does not look to be getting better in the immediate future, as the total unemployment rate also ticked up slightly to 7.6 percent in May.

This data shows a snapshot of those who are over the age of 16 and do not live in institutions. These reports, which first started to be made available publicly in February 2009, now come out every month.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette said while 92.5 percent of people who receive Social Security Administration disability benefits said their current benefits did not discourage them from seeking employment, two experts in the field said the earning limits for employment cause a barrier for the disabled who want a job. Not only do those with disability benefits not want to lose their check, they don’t want to lose health benefits and insurance either, the news source said.

Although people who are receiving Social Security disability benefits may earn several hundred dollars of monthly income, if their earnings exceed the amount allowed by law, they could lose their benefits. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have expertise in representing clients in termination and overpayment of benefits cases.