CNSNews.com editor Terence P. Jeffrey breaks a depressing scoop: "A record of 8,733,461 workers took federal disability insurance payments in June 2012, according to the Social Security Administration." That exceeds the entire population of New York City, which according to the Census Bureau's latest estimate hit 8,244,910 in July 2011.
Jeffrey lamented 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 drawing disability checks. In June 1992, the ratio was one worker on disability to 35.5 workers in the labor force. That ratio is down this May to one worker on disability for every 16.6 workers in the labor force.
Only 11 states -- California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas — have populations in excess of the 8,733,461 workers who took disability payments in June. New Jersey’s 2010 Census population of 8,807,501 is about the same as the 8,733,461 workers who collected federal disability insurance in June.
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