2016 State Report for County-Level Data: Employment

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to the following individuals who have contributed to the success of this effort: Deb Brucker, Erin Dame, Adam Lavoie, Kate Filanoski, Karen Volle, and Anna Brennan-Curry.

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The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), grant number 90RTGE0001-01-00; and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC), also funded by NIDILRR, grant number 90RT5037-03-00. The information developed by the StatsRRTC and EPM-RRTC does not necessarily represent the policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government (Edgar, 75.620 (b)).

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2016 New York Report for County-Level Data: Employment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Introduction

The State Reports for County-Level Data on Employment are designed to provide the users of disability statistics with the employed count and employment rate for civilians with disabilities, ages 18 to 64 years and living in the community, for any given state and county in the United States (U.S.). This report is intended to be an online complement to Section 2: Employment of the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and Annual Disability Statistics Supplement, providing greater detail within each state. The State Reports for County-Level Data on Employment can be used to compare county-level statistics between counties in any given state or states. The following report provides county-level statistics for New York.

The proportion of the civilian non-institutionalized population with disabilities who are employed, sometimes called the employment rate or employment-to-population ratio, presented in the State Reports for County-Level Data is a useful tool for advocates, researchers, and policy-makers to plan and provide services and supports for the employment of people with disabilities. In this report, the employment of people with disabilities is presented as the number of employed civilians with disabilities, ages 18 to 64 years and living in the community, in a given state and county per total state and county populations, respectively. Counts and percentages (the employment rate) are provided in tables and maps.

The data for this report come from the American Community Survey 5-year data. The American Community Survey (ACS) is a national survey developed by the U.S. Census Bureau to provide information on a number of topics about social, economic, and demographic characteristics of the U.S. population. ACS 5-year data is collected over a longer period of time than 1-year data, providing larger sample sizes and increased reliability for less populated areas and small population subgroups. All of the statistics in this report use the ACS 5-year data which includes data from 2016, the year of the report, and data from the four previous years. In the ACS, people are identified as having a disability based on responses to a series of six questions asking about having difficulties with vision, hearing, ambulation, cognition, self-care, and independent living (see glossary for further details). 

 

 

 

In the ACS, people are also asked a series of questions designed to identify their employment status. Based on the answers, individuals were classified into one of five groups:

  • People who worked at any time during the reference week;
  • People on temporary layoff who were available for work;
  • People who did not work during the reference week but who had jobs or businesses from which they were temporarily absent (excluding layoff);
  • People who did not work during the reference week, but who were looking for work during the last four weeks and were available for work during the reference week; and
  • People not in the labor force. 

In the ACS, people are identified as being employed if they responded as having worked during the past week. 

Specific to New York, the state chosen for this report, sentences providing interpretation and context for employment statistics are included on the following page. A short glossary of terms is also provided at the end of the report explaining the statistics that are illustrated in each sentence.

Additional Resources. The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and its complement, the Annual Disability Statistics Supplement, are summaries of statistics about people with disabilities, available both in hard copy and online at https://www.disabilitycompendium.org

Help navigating any of the resources described here can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section at https://www.disabilitycompendium.org/faq. Assistance interpreting and locating additional statistics is available via our toll-free number, 866.538.9521, or by email, disability.statistics@unh.edu. For more information about our research projects, please visit https://www.researchondisability.org.

Suggested Citation. Boege, S.L., Lauer, E.A., & Houtenville, A.J., 2019. 2016 State Report for New York County-Level Data: Employment. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability.

Interpretation

The following statements are designed to help understand the 2016 county-level employment statistics from New York that are presented:

 

  • For people with disabilities: 
    • The employment rate for people with disabilities in New York was 32.7%.
    • The range, also known as the difference between largest and smallest values, of employment rates for people with disabilities across New York counties was 23.6%.
      • The county with the greatest employment rate for people with disabilities was Putnam (43.6%).
      • The county with the smallest employment rate for people with disabilities was Hamilton (20.0%).
    • The median, also known as the middle-most, employment rate for people with disabilities across all counties in New York was 32.0%.

 

  • For people without disabilities:
    • The employment rate for people without disabilities in New York was 74.2%.
    • The range, also known as the difference between largest and smallest values, of employment rates for people without disabilities across New York counties was 17.8%.
      • The county with the greatest employment rate for people without disabilities was Genesee (81.9%).
      • The county with the smallest employment rate for people without disabilities was Tompkins (64.1%).
    • The median, also known as the middle-most, employment rate for people without disabilities across all counties in New York was 75.8%.
Employment of Civilians with and without Disabilities Ages 18 to 64 Years Living in the Community for New York, by County: 2016
County Disability No Disability   County Disability No Disability
Total Employed % [1] Total Employed % [2] Total Employed % [1] Total Employed % [2]
  New York   1,082,491 353,637 32.7 11,355,516 8,423,410 74.2  Livingston      3,990   1,402 35.1     36,229    26,513 73.2
   Albany       17,426   6,914 39.7    183,975   140,001 76.1   Madison        4,308   1,308 30.4     41,483    29,957 72.2
  Allegany       3,698   1,191 32.2     26,070    17,818 68.3    Monroe       51,946  17,316 33.3    417,879   324,230 77.6
   Bronx       109,821  28,433 25.9    785,623   526,110 67.0  Montgomery      3,814   1,094 28.7     25,502    19,284 75.6
   Broome       15,230   4,887 32.1    107,527    78,035 72.6    Nassau       44,660  16,245 36.4    785,565   602,821 76.7
Cattaraugus      5,937   1,616 27.2     41,050    30,228 73.6   New York      76,641  23,727 31.0  1,078,836   814,212 75.5
   Cayuga        5,399   1,971 36.5     41,251    32,018 77.6   Niagara       15,229   4,711 30.9    116,763    89,355 76.5
 Chautauqua     10,695   3,203 29.9     68,135    50,023 73.4    Oneida       17,907   5,246 29.3    119,671    90,916 76.0
  Chemung        6,135   1,952 31.8     44,952    33,647 74.9   Onondaga      30,369   9,929 32.7    261,261   198,170 75.9
  Chenango       4,809   1,273 26.5     24,431    18,475 75.6   Ontario        6,426   2,230 34.7     60,196    47,563 79.0
  Clinton        6,446   1,745 27.1     43,794    31,837 72.7    Orange       23,420   8,970 38.3    200,216   151,805 75.8
  Columbia       4,629   1,771 38.3     32,203    25,610 79.5   Orleans        3,503     905 25.8     20,717    15,903 76.8
  Cortland       3,084     902 29.2     28,460    21,606 75.9    Oswego        9,841   2,504 25.4     66,985    47,322 70.6
  Delaware       3,781   1,009 26.7     23,874    17,015 71.3    Otsego        4,140   1,378 33.3     35,060    24,710 70.5
  Dutchess      19,626   7,345 37.4    165,207   126,606 76.6    Putnam        5,045   2,201 43.6     57,929    45,096 77.8
    Erie        61,048  20,035 32.8    511,139   395,174 77.3    Queens      101,808  37,278 36.6  1,415,036 1,031,925 72.9
   Essex         3,023   1,123 37.1     18,863    14,515 76.9  Rensselaer     11,037   4,012 36.4     91,692    71,312 77.8
  Franklin       3,819     865 22.6     24,874    17,990 72.3   Richmond      23,989   6,277 26.2    273,223   192,017 70.3
   Fulton        4,665   1,235 26.5     28,283    21,426 75.8   Rockland      13,048   5,544 42.5    171,246   130,041 75.9
  Genesee        3,856   1,171 30.4     32,481    26,609 81.9   Saratoga      12,598   5,297 42.0    126,785   101,726 80.2
   Greene        3,520     965 27.4     24,062    16,999 70.6 Schenectady     11,077   3,747 33.8     84,950    65,865 77.5
  Hamilton         320      64 20.0      2,356     1,577 66.9  Schoharie       2,547     760 29.8     17,275    12,219 70.7
  Herkimer       4,595   1,598 34.8     33,440    25,462 76.1   Schuyler       1,471     470 32.0      9,544     7,108 74.5
 Jefferson       7,789   2,617 33.6     54,770    39,914 72.9    Seneca        2,592     990 38.2     16,898    13,195 78.1
   Kings       121,817  36,713 30.1  1,554,126 1,106,485 71.2 St. Lawrence     8,884   2,583 29.1     59,896    39,173 65.4
   Lewis         1,771     559 31.6     14,255    10,687 75.0   Steuben        7,961   2,376 29.8     50,705    38,412 75.8
Employment of Civilians with and without Disabilities Ages 18 to 64 Years Living in the Community for New York, by County: 2016
County Disability No Disability   County Disability No Disability
Total Employed % [1] Total Employed % [2] Total Employed % [1] Total Employed % [2]
  Suffolk       67,260  24,306 36.1    860,944   662,048 76.9                                                              
  Sullivan       5,936   1,585 26.7     38,983    28,276 72.5                                                              
   Tioga         3,215   1,022 31.8     26,478    20,443 77.2                                                              
  Tompkins       5,431   1,735 31.9     69,947    44,859 64.1                                                              
   Ulster       12,314   4,182 34.0     99,908    74,008 74.1                                                              
   Warren        4,694   1,454 31.0     34,856    28,025 80.4                                                              
 Washington      4,185   1,247 29.8     32,618    25,291 77.5                                                              
   Wayne         6,755   2,236 33.1     49,101    38,486 78.4                                                              
Westchester     37,686  14,848 39.4    551,848   419,013 75.9                                                              
  Wyoming        2,485     876 35.3     20,786    16,422 79.0                                                              
   Yates         1,340     489 36.5     13,304     9,822 73.8                                                              
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
Count of Employed Civilians with Disabilities Ages 18 to 64 Years Living in the Community for New York, by County: 2016

Employment Rate for Civilians with Disabilities Ages 18 to 64 Years Living in the Community for New York, by County: 2016

Discussion

There are a number of concepts and factors which complicate the interpretation of the estimates presented in this report. These concerns affect all statistics from population-based surveys. The estimates included in this document should be interpreted the following limitations in mind and generalized with caution. In each point, a link to the U.S. Census Bureau website describing the limitation or concept in greater detail in the ACS has been provided.

Additional links to resources for the ACS:

Glossary

American Community Survey (ACS) — The American Community Survey is a large, continuous demographic survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau that will provide accurate and up-to-date profiles of America’s communities every year. Annual and multiyear estimates of population and housing data are generated for small areas, including tracts and population subgroups. This information is collected by mailing questionnaires to a sample of addresses. See the U.S. Census Bureau website for additional details.

The Six Disability Questions in the American Community Survey:

  1. Is this person deaf or does he/she have serious difficulty hearing? (yes or no)
  2. Is this person blind or does he/she have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses? (yes or no)
  3. (If person 5 years old or over) Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions? (yes or no)
  4. (If person 5 years or old over) Does this person have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs? (yes or no)
  5. (If person 5 years old or over) Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing? (yes or no)
  6. (If person 15 years old or over) Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping? (yes or no)

Average — The sum of all of the values in a sample divided by the number of values in the sample.

Civilian — A person not in active-duty military.

Employed – Individuals were asked a series of questions designed to identify their employment status. Based on the answers, individuals were classified into one of five groups: (1) people who worked at any time during the reference week; (2) people on temporary layoff who were available for work; (3) people who did not work during the reference week but who had jobs or businesses from which they were temporarily absent (excluding layoff); (4) people who did not work during the reference week, but who were looking for work during the last four weeks and were available for work during the reference week; and (5) people not in the labor force. People who responded as having worked during the past week were considered "employed".

Employment Rate — The number of individuals that are employed as a percent of the civilian non-institutional population.

Living in the Community – A person lives in the community, if the person is not living in an institution, such as jail, prison, nursing home, and hospital. A college dormitory is not considered an institution.

Median — The middle-most value of a sample that separates the upper half of the values from the lower half of the values. 

Non-Institutionalized Population — Describes individuals who are residing in the community and who are not living in institutions such as jails, prisons, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.

Population — The total number of inhabitants in a defined geographic area including all races, classes, and groups.

Range — The difference between the largest and smallest values in a sample. In a sample, when the smallest value is subtracted from the largest value the resulting value is called the range. 

Sampling Variability — The variation of a statistic when estimated from repeated samples.

United States Census Bureau — An agency within the United States Federal Statistical System tasked with producing data about the American people and economy. Their primary task is to conduct the United States Census every ten years.

About the Center

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC)

Led by the University of New Hampshire, the StatsRRTC is a collaborative effort involving the following partners: American Association of People with Disabilities, Center for Essential Management Services, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Kessler Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and Public Health Institute.

The StatsRRTC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research under grant number 90RTGE00010100, from 2018–2023.

Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (EPM-RRTC)

Led by the University of New Hampshire, the EPM-RRTC is a collaborative effort involving the following partners: Association of University Centers on Disability, Hunter College, Kessler Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and the University of Chicago.

The EPM-RRTC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research under grant number 90RT503701, from 2015–2020.

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