Respectability recently published an article that examined employment opportunities throughout the nation. Their investigation revealed that Pennsylvanians with disabilities experience the biggest job gains of any state in the nation with 13,763 people with disabilities entering the workforce in 2016. #IWantToWork responds:
Across the United States, the employment of people with disabilities has become a top priority, but there is still work to be done. People with disabilities remain twice as likely to be employed in some states as in others. We are proud that the Commonwealth is a leader in employment for people with disabilities.
In 2016, Pennsylvania had more people with disabilities enter the workforce than any other state in the nation. Last year, companies in Pennsylvania saw the value of creating a diverse workplace, hiring nearly 13,800 people with disabilities to enter the workforce.
In the past few years, state agencies across Pennsylvania worked tirelessly to improve employment conditions for people with disabilities. This effort has been led by Governor Tom Wolf, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This coordination has created a model that can be replicated across America.
We thank Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania’s leadership for continuing to prioritize employment for people with disabilities. This environment creates a perfect platform as the #IWantToWork campaign continues working to ensure permanent Employment First legislation in Pennsylvania. People with disabilities deserve competitive integrated employment.
Read the full story in Respectability USA.