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Unemployment rises for people with disabilities

People in New York who live with a disability know how difficult it can be to find a job that will be accommodating. When the economy is struggling, as it is now, finding meaningful work through employers who are willing to work with those who have a disability can be even more challenging. Recent numbers show that this may be what is currently happening in our country.

According to an Allsup report, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities hit 13.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012, up .8 percent from the second quarter. Despite the increase in unemployment, the number of applications for Social Security disability insurance has remained relatively unchanged.

Finding work when living with a disability is no easy feat, and often those who do find work face challenges that their co-workers do not. Whether an employer is failing to provide adequate accommodations or a disability has rendered a person simply unable to work, it's important that those people know that filing for Social Security disability benefits is an option.

In the third quarter of this year, more than 725,000 people applied for Social Security disability insurance, which is slightly less than the number of people who applied in the second quarter.

When considering applying for disability benefits, perhaps the most important thing is to act quickly. It can take a long time to complete the application process, and it can take months for an application to be reviewed, so waiting is not a good idea. When a disability puts you out of work, starting an application for SSDI should be among your first steps. Speaking with an attorney who is experienced in dealing with Social Security disability issues may be helpful.

Source: stltoday.com, "Unemployment Rate Increases for People with Disabilities During Third Quarter, Allsup Reports," Oct. 29, 2012

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