BLS: Less Educated People More Likely to Claim Illness or Disability As Reason for Not Working

Men and women ages 25-54 with less education were more likely to be labor force nonparticipants than their counterparts with more education, says a recent report from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And people with less education were more likely to cite illness or disability as their main reason for not working.

In 2014, 21.2 percent of men with less than a high school diploma did not participate in the labor force, meaning they did not work or look for work in that year.

As the education level rises, the percentage of labor force nonparticipants goes down: In 2014, 14.9 percent of high school graduates did not participate in the labor force, compared with 10.7 percent of those with some college or an associate’s degree, and 5.6 percent of male college graduates.