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Disability Insurance Observer: True jobs

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The income umbrella (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The income umbrella (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A new (at least, newish) batch of employment figures hints at how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) could make life harder for some people with disabilities.

The University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability has included a table on the "full-time, year-round employment rate" among non-institutionalized civilians ages 16 to 64 in its latest Disability Statistics Compendium. 

For people who face limitations -- people with disabilities -- the full-time, year-round, "true job" employment rate has plunged to 19.9 percent, from a 1980-2011 peak of 39.3 percent in 1989 and from 34.7 percent in 1980.

In other words: Even if the headline unemployment figures aren't all that terrible, the percentage of all workers with "true jobs" has fallen quite a bit, and the percentage of workers with disabilities with true jobs has plummeted.

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