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Florida is home to a large, untapped workforce population that employers are overlooking. The Florida Chamber Foundation’s study, Quantifying the Unemployment Rate for Workers with Disabilities in Florida, found the following facts:
- There are more than 1.13 million Floridians with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 65,
- Of those, 62.9 percent or more than 700,000 are currently not employed and may want to be part of Florida’s workforce,
- In 2014, the unemployment rate for workers with disabilities in Florida was 18.1 percent, compared to 6.3 percent for non-disabled workers, and
- By 2030, an additional six million more residents will call Florida home and two million more jobs will be needed, it is vital to help every Floridian that wants to work find a job.
Research has also shown that companies who offer internships to people with disabilities are more likely to overcome misperceptions associated with disabilities and hire within this population when filling future jobs.