Number Of Workers On Federal Disability Exceeds The Population Of 39 States


Yet another metric showing more government dependence and less self-reliance.

( – The number of workers taking federal disability insurance payments hit yet another record in July, increasing to 8,753,935 during the month from the previous record of 8,733,461 set in June, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.

The 8,753,935 workers who took federal disability insurance payments in July exceeded the population of 39 of the 50 states. Only 11 states—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New Jersey—had more people in them than the number of workers on the federal disability insurance rolls in July.

Virginia, the twelfth most-populous state, had 8,096,604 people in 2011, according to the latest Census Bureau estimate. That would make Virginia’s population about 657,331 less than the number of workers who took federal disability insurance payments in July.

The ratio of workers collecting disability to the number of workers paying for it with taxes was 1:65 back in 1967. As of June, that number is down to 1:16. What’s more, the Social Security System’s Disability Insurance Trust Fund is in deficit and has been for the last three years, meaning the government must borrow money (adding to the national debt) in order to pay out benefits.

This is what’s wrong with our government. The politicians, long ago, created enormous entitlement programs to be paid for by later generations. Well the bill for these programs is coming due, and we don’t have the money to pay for them.

But hey, let’s just tax the rich or something, right?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • VocalYokel

    Who’s going to pull the wagon when everybody wants to ride?

    • Rob


  • The Whistler

    There’s nothing wrong with the federal disability program provided that the people on it really need it. It seems that the Obama administration has relaxed the standards to the detriment of those truly in need.

    • Rob

      I don’t think many people have a problem with a disability program for the truly disabled. But a 16:1 disabled-to-working ratio? C’mon.

  • Spartacus

    Obama won’t be happy until the number of people living off the Government is greater than or equal to the COMBINED populations of 39 states.

  • Gernn Blanston

    Emil? We’re eagerly awating your input on this topic. Is unsustainable growth in dependancy a good thing or not? Any suggestions in your liberal ideas book on how to deal with this problem?

  • Randy G

    The Dem motto, keep em down, keep em on the dole, keep em Democrat..

    • Rob

      There’s something to be said about that. Once they reach a certain level of learned helplessness, then they’ll vote for whoever will keep the gravy train rolling.

      • Randy G

        I believe it.

  • mikemc1970

    A drug habit is not a disability.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I saw a commercial on tv last night for a company that will get you on government disability for a fee, even if you have been denied already.
    That’s where we are in obamanomics. Third world status here we come. All hail the king of fools

    • realitybasedbob

      Oh that capitalism, what a card!

  • jamermorrow

    Most of the these disabilities are self created through at fault accidents, drug problems, self created psych problems, and obesity caused physical problems. Obesity is going to put many people on the government gravy train.