Fast Facts about Autism and Employment

  • About 1 percent of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder, which is estimated to be about 1 in 68 people in the United States. (CDC, 2014)
  • 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school. (Shattuck et al., 2012)
  • As of January 2017, the unemployment rate for the United States was 4.8%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • In June 2014, only 19.3 percent of people with disabilities in the U.S. were participating in the labor force – working or seeking work. Of those, 12.9 percent were unemployed.  (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014)
  • Unemployment among people with autism is approximately 90 percent, and at least 500,000 more individuals with autism will enter the workforce in the next decade. (Rising Tide)
  • To Date, Rising Tide Car Wash has hired 95 Associates with Autism. (Rising Tide)
  • By sharing their business model with other like-minded entrepreneurs, Rising Tide hopes to assist in the creation of over 1,000 jobs by 2020. (Rising Tide)