Kentucky Employment Data: What You Should Know

Employment Rates Ages 18-64

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-year estimate

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Percent Graph of Employment Rates in Kentucky

Employment for Persons with Disabilities in Kentucky

The information below presents data about employment for students with intellectual disabilities (ID), multiple disabilities (MD), and autism in Kentucky.

Definition: Competitive Integrated Employment is defined in Public Law 113-128 (29 USC 3101) – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (2014) and its implementing regulations (2016).

Very simply put, Competitive Integrated Employment means that individuals with disabilities:

  • Are paid no less than minimum wage and at least what other employees without disabilities who do similar work at that job are paid;
  • Are eligible for benefits and promotions like their coworkers without disabilities who do similar work;
  • Interact with other people without disabilities to the same extent as employees without disabilities who do similar work.

Learn more about Competitive Integrated Employment here.

Post-School Outcomes

From “Youth One Year Out” former student surveys:

Data Source: KYPSO, the Kentucky Post-School Outcomes Center

Graph of Employment Outcomes for Students
Percent Graph of Employment Outcomes for Students with Different Disabilities

Postsecondary Education 

Definition: Postsecondary education includes education and training by institutions of higher education (two- and four-year colleges and universities), as well as other career training and technical education programs.

Data Source: KYPSO, the Kentucky Post-School Outcomes Center 2017-2018 data

Other State and National Data

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Data

Persons with ID and Autism who received OVR services.

Data Source: OVR Closure Data from fiscal year 2020

Kentucky National Core Indicators (NCI) Data

Data Source: Kentucky National Core Indicators Data Report 2018/2019

Data Resources

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Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center (KyPSO) Data

Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center (KyPSO) Data [link] KyPSO collects data on students with IEP’s who exited public high schools ...
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KentuckyWorks: Comparison of Employment Data Infographic

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Annual Reports

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American Community Survey (ACS) Data

American Community Survey (ACS) Data [link] The ACS is part of the U.S. Census. You can find various measures of ...
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Data from State intellectual and Developmental Disability Agencies

Data from State intellectual and Developmental Disability Agencies [link] Examine outcomes related to employment services and expenditures reported by intellectual ...
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Kentucky National Core Indicators (NCI) Data

Kentucky National Core Indicators (NCI) Data [link] Kentucky NCI data look at many life factors for persons with developmental disabilities ...
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