Every year, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides individualized services to over 26,000 clients with disabilities, helping them prepare for careers in North Carolina’s competitive workforce. Over the past five years, we’ve helped more than 20,000 individuals with disabilities achieve their goals for good-paying jobs in communities statewide.
Strong partnerships with large and small businesses in North Carolina are what make these successful outcomes possible. We engage with thousands of businesses annually, providing training and consultation on disability awareness and inclusion best practices, financial incentives, accommodations, assistive technology, as well as providing workforce recruitment, onboarding, and retraining services to help employers find and retain talented candidates with disabilities.
We value our employer partnerships and want to recognize the efforts of businesses in North Carolina to hire and retain workers with disabilities. For a more in-depth look at who is employing people with disabilities in North Carolina, we analyzed quarterly data to identify businesses that hired and retained at least four VR clients. From April to June of 2022:
Employed 40 or more VR candidates
- Food Lion
Employed between 11 – 25 VR candidates
- Harris Teeter
- Lowes Foods
Employed between 7 – 10 VR candidates
- Burger King
- Taco Bell
- Panera Bread
- Coastal Enterprises
Employed between 4 – 6 VR candidates
- Pizza Hut
- Lowes Home Improvement
- Dollar General
- Dollar Tree
- Credit Suisse
This is not a comprehensive list of businesses that have hired multiple VR clients over time, nor does it include all employers that hire workers with disabilities in our state. Instead, this is a snapshot of disability inclusive businesses that partner with VR.
Average Hourly Earnings and Industries of VR Clients
Last year, VR clients who achieved their employment goal earned an average hourly wage of $13.15/hour and worked an average of 27 hours/week. The most popular employment sectors that VR clients chose to work in during the same period include, but are not limited to:
- Office and Administrative Support
- Food Preparation and Serving Related
- Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance
- Transportation and Material Moving
If you have a disability and want to find a job, keep working or advance professionally, VR can help you chart your path to a career with a future in North Carolina. Get more information and apply for services by contacting your local VR office.