Number Of SSDI Recipients Reaches Another New High

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Another month, another report of the number of Americans receiving SSDI benefits. CNS News did the math, and the number of recipients is now greater than the population of all but seven states. Since it’s extremely rare for SSDI beneficiaries to go off the benefit and back to work, expect this trend to continue.

The 10,978,040 disability beneficiaries in the United States now exceed the population of all but seven states. For example, there are more Americans collecting disability today than there are people living in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey or Virginia.

The record 10,978,040 total disability beneficiaries in May, included a record 8,877,921 disabled workers (up from 8,865,586 in April), a record 1,939,687 children of disabled workers (up from 1,936,236 in April), and 160,432 spouses of disabled workers.

May was the 196th straight month that the number of American workers collecting federal disability payments increased. The last time the number of Americans collecting disability decreased was in January 1997. That month the number of workers taking disability dropped by 249 people—from 4,385,623 in December 1996 to 4,385,374 in January 1997. (Read More)

I wonder how many of those recipients are dead.

There are now only 13 American full time workers for every beneficiary of SSDI. In other words, everything is going according to plan.