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By State, Total Number Of People Reporting Sensory Disabilities, By Employment Status For The Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Age 21-64 Years (2000).
State Total
Reporting Sensory
Disability
Total
Employed
Total Not
Employed
Alabama
83,056
35,722
47,334
Alaska
12,129
6,487
5,642
Arizona
71,384
35,607
35,777
Arkansas
52,686
24,322
28,364
California
404,584
187,311
217,273
Colorado
57,841
34,013
23,828
Connecticut
36,597
19,904
16,693
Delaware
8,851
4,585
4,266
District of Columbia
8,310
3,361
4,949
Florida
214,418
103,223
111,195
Georgia
116,093
56,325
59,768
Hawaii
14,087
6,784
7,303
Idaho
21,175
12,028
9,147
Illinois
140,778
71,293
69,485
Indiana
91,906
50,585
41,321
Iowa
36,280
21,897
14,383
Kansas
36,843
21,695
15,148
Kentucky
89,235
34,539
54,696
Louisiana
79,039
33,858
45,181
Maine
21,131
10,971
10,160
Maryland
63,263
34,779
28,484
Massachusetts
72,306
37,647
34,659
Michigan
133,796
66,886
66,910
Minnesota
54,724
34,044
20,680
Mississippi
55,620
22,791
32,829
Missouri
82,909
43,182
39,727
Montana
15,868
8,900
6,968
Nebraska
21,043
13,151
7,892
Nevada
29,553
15,801
13,752
New Hampshire
16,353
9,882
6,471
New Jersey
84,363
41,929
42,434
New Mexico
32,019
14,976
17,043
New York
218,617
94,911
123,706
North Carolina
122,845
61,064
61,781
North Dakota
8,108
5,145
2,963
Ohio
160,006
82,839
77,167
Oklahoma
71,111
36,249
34,862
Oregon
54,707
30,637
24,070
Pennsylvania
158,365
78,092
80,273
Rhode Island
12,713
6,243
6,470
South Carolina
67,162
30,369
36,793
South Dakota
9,925
6,110
3,815
Tennessee
108,899
49,818
59,081
Texas
300,085
151,037
149,048
Utah
28,473
18,164
10,309
Vermont
9,145
5,303
3,842
Virginia
90,525
47,850
42,675
Washington
98,647
53,547
45,100
West Virginia
44,649
14,977
29,672
Wisconsin
62,356
37,051
25,305
Wyoming
8,599
5,171
3,428

Note: People 5 years old and older are considered to have a sensory disability if they report one or more of the following long-lasting conditions: blindness, deafness, or severe vision or hearing impairment. Employment refers to civilians 16 years old and older who do any work at all during the week as paid employees, work in their own business, farm, profession, or work 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in a family business or farm. Employed does not refer to people who work only around their own house, work as unpaid volunteers, or are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

To calculate the percent of those employed (or not employed) with a sensory disability by state, divide the number of those employed (or not employed) for a particular state by the total number of people reporting a sensory disability in the same state and multiply the result by 100. Example: Calculate the percent of those employed with a sensory disability in Alabama. This calculation would be: 35,722/83,056=.4300 and.4300x100=43.00%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000.

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