New Record: Nearly Nine Million Americans Now On Disability


According to the Social Security Administration, 8,786,049 American workers are collecting federal disability insurance payments in September. The new numbers sets a new record for the number of Americans that are now on disability.

These numbers are up 18,108 from the previous number in August of 8,767,941.


CNS News reports,

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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.

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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.

How can our country continue on, funding nearly nine million people who are not working, not to mention the millions who are receiving money from the government for various other things?

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