The number of disabled people in the UK was higher in the first quarter of 2023 than in this quarter in 2022.
The employment rate for disabled people was lower than for non-disabled people, and the gap between the rates increased between the first quarter of 2022 and the same quarter in 2023.
There were 9.58 million people of working age (16 to 64) who reported that they were disabled in January to March 2023, which is 23% of the working-age population. This is an increase of 598,000 from the year before.
In January to March 2023, 342,000 working-age disabled people were unemployed. The unemployment rate for disabled people was 6.2%, down from 6.6% a year previously since the total number of disabled people also increased. The unemployment rate for people who are not disabled was 3.4%.