About 80% of adults with serious mental illness (SMI) were unemployed in 2012, according to the most recent federal data. Across the states the unemployment rate for this population ranged from the high of 92.6% in Maine to the low of 56.1% in Wyoming. Between 2003 and 2012, the national average unemployment rate among adults with SMI receiving public mental health services has increased from 77% in 2003 to 82.2% in 2012.
In five states, more than 90% of adults with SMI were unemployed: Maine at 92.6%, West Virginia at 91.9%, Hawaii at 91.4 . . .