Despite South Carolina’s unemployment rate below 3.8%, over 68% of working-age residents with disabilities do not participate in the labor market.
The State of South Carolina is missing a vital opportunity to promote inclusive employment in its over 92,000 positions.
Unlocking the Barrier: South Carolina State Government must serve as a model employer in the inclusion of people with disabilities in employment, leading to impacts in every corner of our State.
Over 3,500 South Carolinians with disabilities are limited to “work activity centers” or sheltered workshop settings, where less than 5% transition into community-based employment and they may make less than one dollar per hour.
Unlocking the Barrier: SC must remove any and all basis for subminimum wage with a purposeful and resolute transition into support for competitive, community-based employment.