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Disability Insurance Awards Surged During the Recession

Created on September 4, 2014

Disability Insurance Awards Surged During the Recession


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During the three-year period following the start of the recession, the number of monthly awards for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) rose by 29 percent. Today the number is just above pre-recession levels.

Source: Social Security Administration, Social Security Beneficiary Data, http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/ProgData/ benefits.html (accessed August 18, 2014).

CHART 5 • BG 2722 (2014)

Tags: labor-force-participation, employment, unemployment, jobs, recession, disability, recovery