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Jul 08 2012

Under Obama, Disability Claims Have Outpaced New Jobs

At least our socialist rulers have found a way to ease the unemployment they’ve caused. After a couple of years, when your unemployment comp finally runs out, you can just claim disability. It’s so easy, practically everybody’s doing it:

The economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration.

The disability ranks have outpaced job growth throughout President Obama’s recovery. While the economy has created 2.6 million jobs since June 2009, fully 3.1 million workers signed up for disability benefits.

In other words, the number of new disability enrollees has climbed 19% faster than the number of jobs created during the sluggish recovery.

Those climbing aboard the disability gravy train aren’t the only ones not working who aren’t counted in the official unemployment rate.

In addition, while hiring has been very weak during the recovery, the number of people who have dropped out of the labor force entirely has exploded by 7.3 million since June 2009, an [Investors Business Daily] analysis of [Bureau of Labor Statistics] data show[s]. Some aged into retirement, but most either signed up for disability, stayed in school, moved back in with parents, or just quit looking for a job.

As a result, the “labor force participation rate” — the number of people who have jobs or are actively looking for one compared with the entire working-age population — is now 63.8%, down from 65.7% in June 2009. This participation rate is at the lowest levels in 30 years. In previous recoveries, the participation rate has almost always risen, not fallen.

That’s because this is not a recovery, but a lull between the Great Recession and the full-scale depression that will ensue if Obama holds onto power for another term.

The number of long-term unemployed — those out of work 27 weeks or more — is still 5.4 million — almost 1 million higher than when the recovery began, and almost twice the level it ever reached prior to Obama’s recovery.

Fortunately for the disabled of all abilities, the money comes in anyway. For now.

What a great deal socialism is. True there aren’t many jobs, but you don’t need one when the government will pay you just to be dependent.

The problem comes when our rulers inevitably run out of other people’s money and everything collapses. That’s when the useless eaters go to the labor camps. But it’s not as if DEAD END signs haven’t been posted all along Easy Street. Freeloaders will be able to look back through the barbed wire and console themselves that it was fun while it lasted.

The road to utter ruin.

On tips from Shawn, SR, Eric, and Bob Roberts.

16 Responses to “Under Obama, Disability Claims Have Outpaced New Jobs”

  1. Helicopter Ben Bernanke says:

    Let the good times roll. My printing press runneth over, forever and ever.

  2. Bob Roberts says:

    I didn’t see an open thread for yesterday, so here’s a headline dump of my own:

    Terror suspect checking out Olympic Park – if you’re going, be watchful. My advice: PROFILE!

    Though do it discreetly so they don’t pick you up for some sort of hate crime.

    Bucket list?

    Looks pretty amazing. If you’re considering a trip to China you might want to work it out so you see this next year – or whenever.


    Several electronic road construction signs around Anchorage were hacked late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation.

    Signs that normally display closure and detour information, like the one on Minnesota Drive near 100th Avenue, were changed to read “Impeach Obama.”

    “I’m sure somebody thought it was a pretty funny joke but we try to convey a lot of important information with these signs,” said Tim Croghan, a regional construction engineer for DOT.

    Yeah, so did the hackers. Perhaps the most important message of the decade.

    LePage calls IRS the ‘new Gestapo’

    “We the people have been told there is no choice,” he said. “You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the IRS.”

    California’s largest Community College, City College of San Francisco, may be forced to close due to all the money they’ve been wasting on things like “diversity” and such.

    The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges this week notified the 77-year-old City College that it must prove its worthiness to continue operating.

    Soros Promotes UN Control Over Gun Ownership

    George Soros is financing the fight to give the United Nations control of your guns.

    Sheesh! What’s next? Knife control? See next link.

    NYC School Teacher Simonette Mapes-Crupi Found Brutally Stabbed To Death

  3. JohnG911 says:

    Just another means Obama is using to reduce the unemployment rate!

  4. Vic Kelley says:

    Does that mean the number of people APPLYING for SSD is growing at that high rate, or is that talking about the number of people AWARDED SSD. It is a significant difference. I, too, share your contempt of Obama, the deceptive statistics the regime produces about jobs and job seekers, and especially of the money-for-nothing crowd. I’m just surprised that so many people could possibly be being awarded SSD benefits. I’ve helped people get them in the past it is a long, frustrating project. At least it was so.

    If Obama has made it easier for slackers not really disabled to be awarded SSD then it is even worse than we think. People who get SSD also get Medicaid, they get any federally guaranteed student loans forgiven, and in some areas they get a portion of their property taxes waived. Obama could really be wrecking this country even worse then we realize.

  5. Joe says:

    Yeah, everything’s going to hell, but obama said “most people (sheep) would say he’s trying real hard.”

    This ain’t grade school, chump. You don’t get credit for trying.

  6. TeaPartyNation says:

    FACT: the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists WANT the unemployed (which their FAILED POLICIES HELPED CREATE) and ALL OTHER American citizens fully and completely dependent on BIG GOVERNMENT handouts through “wealth and income re-distribution” in order for them to stay in power. PROOF: Look how well that approach has worked out for the d-cRAT socialists with blacks, hispanics, American Indians, and various other groups who are now nearly 100% dependent on the BIG GOVERNMENT NANNY STATE for their entire existence – and they are solidly, mindlessly supporting d-cRAT socialism.

  7. freebird says:

    A lot of those disability claims are make by returning combat veterans.
    Real stats would show the number of those,and also the 5 of the population,rather than just a graph of increased baseline numbers,why even the increase in population could account for that.
    Also, thanks to free trade and NAFTA non military or prison jobs are harder to find.
    Once again uniformed pandering to authority is bad policy.
    No arguments against disability for veterans?
    No arguments for protectionism?
    Then you’ve got no rational platform.

  8. SolidusRaccoon says:

    SSD is the newest form of welfare. There are at least 3 people in my own family who are on it and milking it. They are all lazy and perfect capable of holding down jobs. But, they were able to con their way onto it. So now they are getting free money and they get to whine how they are “disabled” and “Victims” No joke, I heard one scream to the tech rep that when their TV service was out because of a bad storm. “I’m DISABLED!!!! I need my TV” And then they use their money to buy cigarettes, booze, and lotto tickets. Then they whine how “Things shouldn’t be this way” when they have no money for food. And the best part is that I only have passable vision in one eye, and even that comes at the cost of excruciating pain. And yet I would 50+ hours a week at a hard labor job that pays peanuts. If I can do so can they.

  9. The Watcher says:

    Last month, I got a single-page, double-sided form to fill out for Social Security disability (I’ve got congestive heart failure). Page 1 was whether or not I’ve gotten better, and has my doctor ever said I could work; page 2 was asking for a list of doctor visits for the past 2 years – just month/year and the reason I went (in 15 letters or less), nothing about which doctor I saw.

    So I got to thinking: Page 1 was ‘Can we throw you off Disability?’; Page 2 was ‘Are you using the system too often/not often enough, either of which could get me thrown off Disability.

    Now we have information indicating that applications for and/or awards of Disability are increasing, which makes me wonder: are they going to try to remove the truly disabled to make room for others who really aren’t disabled? As Vic up there mentioned, getting disability is (in most cases) like trying to wring blood out of a stone – if this administration IS handing our disability awards like candy, I’ll be rather a bit more upset with them than I am right now.

  10. Mikhail Evansky says:


    “A lot of those disability claims are make by returning combat veterans.” – freebird

    So you are saying that 3.1 million increase in disability claim is due to veterans?

    This is Democractic Propaganda Award winning material right here.

  11. Marylou says:

    Abuse like this gives truly disabled people a bad name. But, then, they won’t be around long if we don’t get rid of Obamacare.

  12. dan says:

    took three years out of work with back broken in three and pelvis torn apart to get my $600/mo…woohoo

  13. Henry says:

    The graph says it all. The crash is imminent.

    This is not a flaw of ObrownMao’s economic policies, it’s a feature.

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  15. Judith M. says:

    The following paragraph…

    “The problem comes when our rulers inevitably run out of other people’s money and everything collapses. That’s when the useless eaters go to the labor camps. But it’s not as if DEAD END signs haven’t been posted all along Easy Street. Freeloaders will be able to look back through the barbed wire and console themselves that it was fun while it lasted.”

    …is a thing of beauty. If they ever have a Nobel Prize for blogging, you’ll be a shoo-in, Dave.

  16. Winston Smith says:

    There are lawyers commercial on TV contstantly trying to sign people up for SSD. One has this black guy being told by a disembodied voice “Did you know 65% of disability cases are rejected? We can help you fight for your right to disability payments! ” For things like PTSD (any cause even 9-11), ADHD, Bi Polar, ANXIETY ??? ect.

    SS lists a massive list of things that are easy to fake if you have a cooperative lawyer and doctor.

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