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As our economy works to recover from the effects of the pandemic, companies have a critical need for skilled and reliable workers of all backgrounds.

As Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October, Goodwill® calls on employers to consider hiring people with disabilities and to adopt inclusive policies and practices in the workplace.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that just over 22.5% of Americans with disabilities participate in the labor force. That compares with more than 67% of people in the general population who are working.

Goodwill wants to ensure that all Americans who want to work can, and they have access to services that enable them to do so. Further, people with disabilities make up a dependable and valuable workforce and have higher rates of employee retention, which reduces hiring and training costs.

In 2021, local Goodwill organizations across North America placed more than 140,000 people with disabilities into employment. Goodwill organizations also provide support services like rehabilitation programs for people with injuries or illnesses, occupational skills training, and job readiness and soft skills training.

If someone you know needs assistance in finding a job or moving up the career ladder, Goodwill can help. Contact one of our Success Coaches at Career Connections or by calling 228-273-4243.

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