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11 Million On Disability: Why Are Rolls Rising So Fast?


More than 5.2 million workers have enrolled since President Obama took office, and enrollment is climbing faster under Obama than at any other time in the program's history.

An average 81,000 workers joined the Social Security disability program each month during Obama's years. Under President Bush, monthly enrollment averaged 66,000, and the overall average since 1975 is 52,000.

While there is debate about the exact causes of the swelling ranks of workers on disability, it's clear that the sluggish economic recovery under Obama played an important role.

Disabled Recovery

The annual number of new SSDI enrollees skyrocketed in the years following the recession, topping one million in both 2010 and 2011.

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