October 2014

Trends in Social Security Disability Affecting Applications and Awards

money and social security card

The US government pays approximately $140 billion in Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits each year – making it one of our largest entitlement programs. During economic downturns, applications for disability benefits typically surge, while the opposite is true in better economic times when more jobs are available. In 2010, for example, 2.9 million Americans applied for SSD,…

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