September 2019 US Unemployment Rates

September 2019 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 6.1%       Participation Rate 20.6%  

Persons without a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 3.2%       Participation Rate 68.7%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 12.1%    Participation Rate 33.6%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

Next release date is August 2, 2019.

Levels of Website Accessibility (WCAG)

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As covered in a previous blog, making sure website accessibility is included in the design process is probably the simplest way to ensure it happens.

But there is still a need for testing. 

We need to know what to test for. The guidelines issued by the W3C give a starting place

The standards outlined in W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are organized into three level; A, AA and AAA.

Level A cover the most basic web accessibility features and is the minimum standard a website should meet. For example, the WCAG guideline All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose, except for the situations listed below. A solution at this level would be providing a transcript for pre-recorded audio.

Level AA requirements ensure that content achieves a greater degree of accessibility People with disabilities will have an easier time accessing content that meets Level AA criteria than they would with content that only meets Level A. A solution at this level.  A solution at this level would be providing an audio description for pre-recorded audio.

Level AAA is the highest and most complex level of web accessibility.  This level includes additional requirements, some of which enhance those established in Level AA criteria.  For pre-recorded audio, sign language interpretation should be implemented.

A quick reference to the WCAG guidelines can be found here: How to Meet WCAG 2 (Quick Reference)

Remember, Level A is the minimum a website should meet for the page to be considered accessible.  Level AA is the level most websites should strive for, this should also ensure compliance with the 508 Standards.  Level AAA is the “Holy Grail” of accessibility, but whenever possible the WCAG standards at this level should be implemented.

The next post will cover methods and tools to test a website for the WCAG standards.

April 2019 US Disability Unemployment Rate

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April 2019 Unemployment Rates

(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)

Table A-6 and A-2

Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 6.3%       Participation Rate 20.7%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.2%       Participation Rate 68.3%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 11.9%    Participation Rate 31.7%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%

Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

Next release date is June 7, 2019.

February 2019 US Disability Unemployment Rates

February 2019 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 9.1%       Participation Rate 20.9%  

Persons without a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 3.9%       Participation Rate 68.6%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 14.0%    Participation Rate 32.4%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

Next release date is March 8, 2019.

January 2019 US Disability Unemployment Rate

Released at 0830, February 1, 2019

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January 2019 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 9.0 %       Participation Rate 20.5%  

Persons without a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 4.2%       Participation Rate 68.3%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 13.7%    Participation Rate 32.8%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

Next Release Date is March 8, 2019

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

Next release date is March 8, 2019.

December 2018 Unemployment Rate

December 2018 Unemployment Rates

(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)

Table A-6 and A-2

Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 7,9 %    Participation Rate 20.7%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.5%    Participation Rate 68.4%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 11.0%    Participation Rate 33.5%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%

Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

Next release date 0830, February 1, 2019

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

November 2018 US Disability Unemployment

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November 2018 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

 

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 7.7%       Participation Rate 21.1%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.3%       Participation Rate 66.2%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 12.0 %    Participation Rate 33.5%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

Next release date 0830, January 4, 2019

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

Website Accessibility – WordCamp Atlanta 2018

WordCamp Atlanta was held in Atlanta on April 2018. The recorded presentations are now being posted.

One of the presentations was from Kim Camp Smalley.  She provided an overview of the current US laws and standards regarding web accessibility, techniques and tools to evaluate a WordPress site for accessibility and how to identify the limitations of automated evaluations.

Summary:

The number of companies facing legal action for inaccessible websites is on the rise. Inaccessible websites and digital content can limit access to users with disabilities. WordPress users can employ web accessibility evaluation tools to help determine if their content is accessible to users with disabilities. This session will provide an overview of several WordPress plugins, web-based tools, and accessibility resources. Designers, developers, and content creators can utilize these tools to evaluate websites against recognized guidelines and create a better user experience.

The video and a link to download her slides can be found here.

Evaluating The Accessibility Of Websites

May US Disability Unemployment Rates

May 2018 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

 

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 7.0%       Participation Rate 20.1%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.4%       Participation Rate 68.6%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 11.7%    Participation Rate 34.0%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

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April 2018 US Disability Unemployment

April 2018 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

 

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 8.0%       Participation Rate 19.2%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.5%       Participation Rate 65.9%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 11.7%    Participation Rate 32.7%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

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