21. There were 916,623 official employment discrimination complaints in the US between 2009–2018.
As shown by the worrying employment discrimination statistics we’ve uncovered, the state with the most complaints was Alabama—there were 62.2 complaints per 100,000 people there alone. This is followed by Mississippi (60.8) and Arkansas (51.7).
The most common complaints involve racial discrimination. However, those also have the lowest success rate (15%).
22. More than three-fourths of transgender people have been subjected to bias in the workplace.
Additionally, one in four lost their job due to the way they identify.
Those who choose a legal path suffer privacy violations, physical violence, inappropriate sexual advances—transgender employment statistics imply that the reality is even harsher for people of color.
23. People with autism have an employment rate of 58% between high school and their early 20s.
This makes autistic people the least likely to get a job among their peers.
For comparison, 95% of people with learning disabilities get their first jobs in that period of their lives. At the same time, those with speech/language impairment find work in 91% of cases.
According to statistics, autism employment rates are lower than those of people with an intellectual disability—they have 74% chances of getting a job.
24. Formerly incarcerated people have an unemployment rate five times higher than the general public.
Despite employers claiming they are willing to give former felons opportunities, the numbers tell a different story; having a criminal record reduces the chances of being called back by 50%.
The unemployment rate is at its highest during the first two years after the release—employment statistics show that 30% of the people with a criminal record were out of work within that period.
25. Around 25% of homeless people in the US are employed.
Some reports indicate that 40–60% of homeless people constantly shift between full-time and part-time employment.
Washington, D.C., reported that 22% of single homeless people have jobs, while 25% of those who have a family are employed in that district.
On the other hand, statistics on homeless employment in New York imply that around 70% of 60,000 homeless people in the city are homeless, and 34% of those families include a working adult.
26. The veterans had an unemployment rate of 3.5% in 2019.
Male veterans had an even lower unemployment rate at 3%, while their female counterparts had a 3.7% rate in the same period.
Furthermore, the veterans with a service-related disability had a 4.8% unemployment rate.
There are 284,000 unemployed veterans, and 56% of those are in the group age 25–54, while another 39% were over the age of 55.
Veteran employment statistics show that veterans aged 18–24 have the lowest unemployment rate at 5%.
27. 79.2% of disabled people aren’t a part of the labor force.
Only 19.3% of persons with a disability have a job.
When it comes to race and ethnicity, Hispanic workers with disabilities have the highest chance of getting a job (20.5%). African Americans’ employment rate is the lowest at 15.6%. White (19.7%) and Asian (18.9%) disabled workers fall in the middle.
Employment statistics for people with a disability show that the lack of at least a high school education means the employment-population ratio is only 9.1%.
28. Unemployment rates for foreign-born citizens have dropped from 3.5% to 3.1% in the 2017–2018 timeframe.
The immigrants are more likely to be employed in the service industry than natives,—22.5%, compared to 16%. Conversely, they are way less expected to get jobs in management, professional, and related occupations (33.9%, with native Americans coming at 42.2%).
Immigrant employment in the US has its issues to this day; statistics imply that a foreign-born worker receives only 85% of a native employee’s earnings for the same job. This means that 28.4 million people—or 17.4 percent of the total workforce—face discrimination in the workplace on the basis of their birthplace.
The unemployment rate for native-born workers also declined in the same period; it dropped from 4 to 3.8 percentage points.