North Carolina is one of 12 states selected by the U.S. Department of Labor to participate in an initiative to increase employment of people with disabilities which will align with the goals of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 92, Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities.

His order directs the state government to take the lead in developing an inclusive job climate for people with disabilities, including increasing opportunities for fair wages, employment and careers, reports Sandhills Sentinel.

Chris Egan, Senior Director for Employment Services for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said that these opportunities will benefit North Carolinians with disabilities, potential employers, and the economy.

“As one of the largest employers in North Carolina, state government is wise to recruit from an untapped talent pool of qualified candidates with disabilities as part of our efforts to promote a diverse workforce,” he told Sandhills Sentinel.

Read more about North Carolina’s initiatives to retain a diverse workforce.