Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – According to the U.S. Department of Labor, people with disabilities ages 16 to 24 had a labor force participation rate of 39% in 2022 and an unemployment rate of 5.4%. In 2021, the labor force participation for that same age group was 35.1%, and the unemployment rate was 10.8%.

Before 2012, some individuals would be referred for employment services, but not nearly as much as now, says Bill Whitacre, who agrees with the new direction.

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