Did Someone Say “Labor Shortage”?

ROI NJ recently published an article about employment and disability written by Easterseals staff. See a preview below:

There is a labor shortage in America. If you haven’t been feeling the pain, then count yourself lucky. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of July 2019, while there were 7.4 million open job positions, there were only 6 million individuals actively seeking employment. That’s 1.4 million jobs that will almost definitely go unfilled. These vacant positions will end up costing businesses time, money and growth.

But, what if we told you there was an untapped workforce out there, just waiting for your call? A group of workers who are ready, willing and disabled.

That’s right. Disabled. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with disabilities (age 16-64) represented only 3.2% of the total workforce in the United States. This means, in New Jersey alone, there are potentially 1 million-plus working age adults without a job. So, if you are not actively recruiting from this population, you may be missing out on hundreds, possibly thousands, of viable job candidates.

And don’t let the stigma surrounding hiring workers with disabilities stop you. Hiring managers have a multitude of concerns, like accommodations “cost too much” or “they won’t be able to do the work.” This is patently untrue and now there is data that proves it.

To learn more about Easterseals employment services, visit our program page.

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