Social Security Disability Claims Up 21 Percent

Posted on Sep 20, 2010
According to the Washington Post and Social Security Administration statistics, the number of applications for Social Security disability benefits increased by 21 percent between 2008 and 2009. In 2009, 2.8 million people applied for Social Security disability benefits.

What is the reason for this spike in SSI and SSDI applications? Economic and work safety experts agree that several different factors could be causing the surge, which is the largest increase in the history of Social Security. The first issue is that, very simply, the nation’s workforce is getting older – and many baby boomers are now in their 60s. With an aging workforce, it only makes sense that more people are getting hurt and sick based on their age than any other factor.

However, officials also believe that numbers are up due to high unemployment numbers and the affects of the recent recession. Many believe that workers who may continue on their jobs despite injuries, illnesses, and conditions may turn to Social Security disability benefits after losing a job and being unable to find new work. Many turn to Social Security only after their unemployment benefits end.

As of June, 8 million workers were receiving Social Security disability support – an increase of 12 percent since the recession began in 2008. The SSA also worries that the larger amounts of applications will slow down the process even further, making it difficult for those with serious health issues to get the support they need right away.

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