Unemployment rises for people with disabilities

According to a new study by Allsup, unemployment rates have increased by 14.6 percent compared to last quarter for people who suffer from disabilities. This is 74 percent higher than the 8.4 percent unemployment rate for people without disabilities.

In the last quarter of 2011, unemployment among the disabled dropped to 13.2 percent, and likewise, unemployment for the non-disabled dropped to 8.1 percent. The rise of unemployment is believed to correlate to the increase of Social Security Disability filings.

SSDI filings have increased from 660,712 to 724,746 between the last two quarters. In last year alone, 2.9 million people filed for disability assistance. Less than half of those claims have been approved due to an average wait time of 800 days.

If you or someone you love needs help applying for SSDI, contact the Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office by calling (317) 634-8565.