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This study uses data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and data from the 2006 and 2010 National Beneficiary Surveys (NBS) to compare the employment experiences of people with disabilities. The NBS is a nationally representative survey of working-age SSI and DI beneficiaries. The study focuses on Social Security disability beneficiaries during the period from 2006 (the year prior to the start of the recession) to 2010 (the year after the official end but during which high general unemployment persisted). The CPS data are used to compare the experiences of people with disabilities to those without disabilities and to provide context for the findings with respect to Social Security disability beneficiaries. Employment, hours worked, wages, earnings, and occupations are analyzed. We also analyze the employment expectations and barriers reported by beneficiaries, and assess which types of beneficiaries appear to have experienced the greatest changes, presumably in response to the recession. Because the characteristics of people with disabilities might change over time and in response to economic changes, we produce regression-adjusted estimates of all employment outcomes of interest.
This study builds on a previous study using the NBS data that focused specifically on work-oriented beneficiaries by adding new information about employment outcomes and trends over time. It also represents an extension of other work conducted on the impact of the recession on people with disabilities by covering an extended period of time and using alternative disability measures.