Around 10% of the Estonian population aged between 20 and 64 is registered as
having a permanent incapacity for work. This proportion has been increasing
year after year – from 8.8% in 2008 to 10.7% in 2012. In 2012, the labour
force participation rate of people with incapacity to work was 51%, that is
29 percentage points lower than the rate for the total population in that age
group (80%). Also, people with a registered incapacity have more difficulty
entering employment as their unemployment rate is about six percentage points
higher than for the workforce as a whole.