8,733,461: Workers on Federal 'Disability' Exceed Population of New York City

Evil 1 2012/07/02 23:42:18

(CNSNews.com) - A record of 8,733,461 workers took federal disability insurance payments in June 2012, according to the Social Security Administration. That was up from 8,707,185 in May.

It also exceeds the entire population of New York City, which according to the Census Bureau's latest estimate hit 8,244,910 in July 2011.

There has been a dramatic shrinkage in the United States over the past 20 years in the number of workers actually employed and earning paychecks per worker who is not employed and is taking federal disability insurance payments.

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, there were 142,187,000 people employed and 7,442,377 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled about 1 person taking disability payments for each 19.1 people actually working.

In May of this year, there were 142,287,000 people employed, and 8,707,185 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled 1 worker taking disability payments for each 16.3 people working.

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  • A Founding Father 2012/07/03 07:15:09
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    Lifting envelopes in the Post Office or sitting all day before a computer at the IRS office can really be hard on the nerves and spine. So, we can count on lots more, especially from the Postal Service, where every reduction in staff gives those short of retirement age an incentive to reveal that "awful pain" that has bothered them for so long.

    Someone should total the numbers of policemen and firemen who now are "disabled" and make the same numeric comparisons. It seem I meet a new disabled person just about every month, usually on the golf course, and a surprising number were once a cop or fireman. Seems their career span is about ten years, which might have something to do with the vesting of disability insurance?
  • Theresa 2012/07/03 02:08:37
    So 8 million out of a population of 340 Million? That is pretty small percentage!
  • Evil 1 Theresa 2012/07/03 03:15:06
    Evil 1
    The number is increasing at an alarming rate. Look at the numbers. It is increasing along with the entitlement programs such a welfare and medicaid. We are heading down the path of Greece at breakneck speed.
  • Theresa Evil 1 2012/07/03 03:29:41
    Yes but it is not increasing as fast of the rate of inflation or the decrease in buying power of the euro either. If it got to even 15 million which is almost double it still would be a minute problem.
  • Evil 1 Theresa 2012/07/03 10:48:33
    Evil 1
    There are 48% of the population currently on some type of entitlement within the US. Any increase in a problem and treating it as minute instead of addressing it is detrimental. I would venture to think 15 years ago Greece, italy and Spain felt it was minute, look where they are now. And the problem with the euro is directly correlated to the problems in Greece, Italy and Spain. So ignoring the rising numbers in government subsidized programs no matter how small they my appear is heading towards economic failure.
  • Theresa Evil 1 2012/07/04 04:28:13
    So you rather look at a non consequential number than tackle the actual cause of the debt in the first place?
  • Evil 1 Theresa 2012/07/04 11:49:13
    Evil 1
    Tackling the cause means you have to look at the numbers. And any increase is consequential.
  • Theresa Evil 1 2012/07/04 19:16:05
    You seem to be looking for one tree in a forest. The root cause it too much gov't stopping innovation and Profit. If this can be removed these people on these rolls will diminish due to economic opportunities.
  • Evil 1 Theresa 2012/07/04 23:17:30
    Evil 1
    I'm just stating a fact. Any increase is consequential and the numbers need to be looked at. If you ignore the numbers it would be logically impossible to fix the problem. And I agree about the government. They need to stay out of private sector as well as healthcare.

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