Ethnicity. The prevalence of disability for the working age (16 to 64) Hispanic/Latino population is 11.9 percent. (Cornell University, http://disabilitystatistics.org) The total number of working age Hispanics/Latinos with disabilities in Ohio is estimated to be 29,240.
Table 16 - Eight (8) Counties with Hispanic or Latino Working Age Population of 8,000+
Table 17 - Eight (8) Counties with Hispanic or Latino Working Age Population of 2,500 - 7,000
Table 18 - Seventy-two (72) Counties with Hispanic or Latino Working Age Population of less than 2,500
Table 16 shows the total Hispanic/Latino population in Ohio to be 265,654, or 2.3 percent of the state’s total population. Of these, 245,713 are working age (16 to 64). Table 17 provides a summary of the eight Ohio counties with Hispanic/Latino working age populations of 8,000 or more. Bureau of Labor Statistics further cites that 31.2 percent of individuals are actively engaged in the labor force. The unemployment rate for Hispanics/Latinos tends to be almost 1.4 times greater than the overall unemployment rate. Applying this to the unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities, we can estimate that 16.1 percent, or approximately 1,468, of the estimated 31.2 percent engaged in the labor force are seeking employment. In 2016, OOD provided vocational rehabilitation services to 695 Hispanics/Latinos with disabilities. This represents 2.4 percent of all individuals served by OOD with a service rate: need ratio of 47.3 percent of Hispanic/Latino Ohioans that could benefit from OOD VR services. (U.S. Census – ACS, 2016)