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8,786,049: Yet Another Record for Americans Collecting Disability

The Social Security Administration has released new data revealing that 8,786,049 American workers are collecting federal disability insurance payments in September. That sets yet another record for the number of Americans on disability.

The 8,786,049 workers taking federal disability in September is a net increase of 18,108 from the 8,767,941 workers who took federal disability in August.



Over the past 45 years, the number of American workers taking federal disability payments has increased four-fold relative to the number actually working.



In August 1967, 74,767,000 Americans were working (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and 1,152,861 were taking federal disability insurance (according to the Social Security Administration). That means that at that time there were about 65 Americans working for each worker collecting disability.



In August 2012, 142,101,000 Americans were working and 8,767,941 were on disability--meaning there were only 16.2 people working for each person collecting disability.



According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a record 88,921,000 Americans were “not in the labor force” in August. These were Americans who were at least 16 years old, who were not in the military or in an institution such as a prison or a nursing home, and who did not have a job and had not actively sought one in the last four weeks.



Also in August, according to the BLS, only 63.5 percent of the civilian population (those over 16, who were not in the military or in an institution) participated in the labor force. That was the lowest level of labor force participation in 31 years. To participate in the labor force a person must either have a job or at least be actively trying to find one.


Added: Sep-17-2012 Occurred On: Sep-17-2012
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  • Well,you should thank to W.Bush accordingly.He started this.

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  • I had no idea Obama had this much power....making people disabled and such.

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    • @PH-DEE No..but he does head up the gov't that makes it easier and easier for people to collect.

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    • @gammyland

      What specific rules have changed at the SSA that make it easier for people to collect disability?

      Could it be that a certain demographic happen to be getting older and are more likely to be disabled?

      No, of course not. It's always Obama's fault.

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  • Back to the blame Obama wagon huh?
    I almost forget how Bush left this country debt free with many prosperous jobs with businesses booming. Oh wait... it's the OPPOSITE.
    pfft...

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    • @DarkSim Yes!! he is the President for FOUR years!!! He needs to take some heat dude! Why can't liberals who have NOTHING to do with government say, man - we made a bad choice with this guy, what is he going to come over and kick your ass? What are you so afraid of? I remember when libs used to say fuck the government! why not now, what has happened as one dude name George W. Bush has polarized your brain with hating the other team so much you can't think what is best for the rest of America! th More..

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  • Obama: The disabling President

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  • Shit in California you can go on disability and smoke weed if you've ever experienced tightness in your back, who would wanna work? There's nothing wrong with finding an easy way in life.

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  • 16 to 1 just for Social security DISABILITY.... add in those who collect social security due to being old........and the Dem's STILL argue that we don't need to overhaul the system. I'm not a rocket scientist with an advance degree in Math...but I can even tell that this ain't gunna work much longer!!!!!

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  • Well, mathematically, every damn day is a new broken record no matter who's in office at the time since population keeps growing and living longer which means more people are likewise going to be on the dole. But that's just common sense. I thought I would just point that out just in case someone was lacking at the moment. LOL!

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    • @kamotz But you have to take into account the dropping birth rate, now lower than any civilization has ever survived. So no, the only population growth we have had for a while now is from immigration.

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    • @kajidono and the fact that we don't manufacture anymore or drill because it pollutes, so lets let all the third world shit holes make our "stuff" that is evil thus we don't pollute making US look like the global green leader of the world!! How is your solar system doing?

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    • @kingrasta The solar system? Oh, it's just fine. There's a minor infestation of the third planet but I'm sure that will iron itself out shortly.

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    • @kajidono Exacttly, you did not get it, do you have a solar "panel" system? Do you have wind power? Nope! Nobody in my sunny California have solar panels here, but nice try.

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    • @kingrasta Oh, solar system. You guys could do well with panels out there. But you do have wind power. Just drive out east of LA through the valley there.

      We've got wind turbine farms scattered around out here too. Still building more.

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  • 50 million on welfare
    31 million unemployed
    09 million on disability
    not to mention the millions that collect social security!

    We have cut these numbers!!!

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  • This is a huge problem in the UK too. Anyone can go to a doctor and claim back pain or depression which can't be disproved and they can end up earning more money off benefits than the national average wage.

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  • Background: probation officer in austin texas
    Problem: EVERY FUCKING PERSON ON PROBATION GETS SSDI


    most common ailments: Type II diabetes, High Blood pressure,

    FYI most of the benifits they recieve are close to my starting salary

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