A lot of people on JSA will be disabled too, just not eligible for ESA if they're disabled, but not too disabled for work. I met loads at Microsoft when I did a placement there through Remploy this year, there were people with Autism, Downs Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourettes, Fibro, Cerebral Palsy, Anaemia etc who were all under 25, disabled and looking for work.
Lots of non disabled people have lost their jobs recently, and I think it's actually 1 million under 25s who are unemployed. I know people who graduated before I did and still haven't been able to find a job
I know that a few years ago disabled people were over twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people, same with disabled graduates. Yet 1 in 7 adults of working age in the UK has a disability or long-term health condition.
Sadly if there's not enough jobs for the healthy it's harder for those of us who do have disabilities to find work. But it's hard for them too. I'm not sure on the statistics for the pop. as a whole but before the 2011 Graduates graduated there were 375,000 graduates chasing... 75,000 jobs. 300,000 are going to be disappointed.
What we need is for businesses to be given more incentives to employ and retain those of us who may be able to do some work, instead of regarding reasonable adjustments as a massive pain in the backside. And then the government need to be realistic about who can, and who cannot work. give proper support to those who can't at all, and to those who may be able to do some work, but without the ridiculous 12 month rule for contributions WRAG.
I think when Labour first started trying to get people off IB in to work in 1999 people had 12 months in which they could leave their job and return to their old benefit level straight away if they found they couldn't cope. I think that's a good idea, means people are safe to go and try something if they feel they might be able to do it, but without punishing them if it doesn't work out.