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October 20, 2011 2:45 PM

Jobs increasingly hard to find for disabled Americans

Disabled Americans who want to work face the dimmest job prospects in recent memory. More competition from non-disabled workers, employment discrimination and a sheer lack of jobs have pushed the jobless rate for disabled Americans to more than 16 percent. And the portion who are working has fallen to 21 percent from about 35 percent in the early 1980s, said Richard Burkhauser, a professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University.

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