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ART CASHIN: The Unemployed Are Now Going On Disability And It's Costing The Government Billions


In this morning's Cashin's Comments, Art Cashin points to some disturbing research regarding the recent bump in disability benefit applications:

I’m Sick Of Being Unemployed - A couple of strange and rather disquieting reports circulated among the Friends of Fermentation yesterday.  The topic was unemployment or, more specifically, where do those people go who have stopped looking for work.  Their absence is credited with distorting the unemployment rate and making it lower than most expect or believe.

The reports I allude to, contended that many went on disability.  In fact, they projected that nearly 25% of those not actively seeking a job had applied for, and been accepted, by disability - mostly Social Security.

One of the reports came from a site called (a perfectly logical place for the Friends of Fermentation to be browsing).  The Sober report quoted extensively from a report by JPMorgan.  I was unable to locate the original JPM report but we’ll assume that Sober quoted from it correctly. Anyway, here’s a bit from SoberLook:

But how does one survive after losing the unemployment benefits? Clearly people struggle. One way to pay the bills however is to file for and receive the federal disability benefits - assuming of course one has a disability. Interestingly enough, the Great Recession and the slow recovery somehow generated many more disability recipients.

JPMorgan: As of January over 8.5 million individuals were receiving federal disability payments (an additional 2 million spouses and children of disabled workers also received disability payments). Since the onset of the recession and the subsequent slow recovery, this figure has accelerated and grown faster than the overall size of the potential labor force— currently 5.3% of the population aged 25-64 is on federal disability, up from 4.5% when the recession began.

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Comment by Dracula Tepish
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wrong on that one first place why is mexicans in mexico appling for SSI

2004 huh the govt is lying on that the people have been misplaced by the statistics 

for there is 36 percent unemployed and they know that the unemployment is only for 99 to 100 weeks none after that

and what jobs really that is right what jobs except companies are outsourcing their jobs or hiring illegals to fill that gap but for a cheaper wage that the companies dont give a damn about the public and it people cheap labor cheap product that is not worth the item it was made from then we get the foreign garbage that is pure shit now worth anything but trash to be tossed out

the work ethics of the past here in USA the product was better made and not cheap trash today it is trash that is being sold to the public 


so then were are the jobs none except bullshit