The number of people receiving disability benefits has jumped from 7.1M in December 2007 to an...
The number of people receiving disability benefits has jumped from 7.1M in December 2007 to an estimated 8.9M in March, or 5.4% of the civilian workforce. That compares with just 1.7% in 1970. The increase costs 0.6% of national output, or equivalent to around $95B a year. With the disability program giving people little incentive to leave and find work, Congress has started to make noises about reform.
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