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Report: Number of Americans on Disability Now Exceeds Population of Greece


Also exceeds the population of the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, respectively.

The number of Americans receiving disability payments has now surpassed the total population of Greece, according to a recent report by CNS News. 

The group cites newly-released April statistics from the Social Security Administration revealing a staggering 10,962,532 people are now receiving the payments, between the disabled individual, their spouse, and any potential children.

There are 8,865,586 disabled individuals, 160,710 spouses, and 1,936,236 children in total. 

The average monthly amount received is $977.50

(Photo: Social Security Administration)

Most government statistics, including the Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook, put Greece's population at around 10,772,967 (though the World Bank pegs it at closer to 11.3 million). 

But there are also more people on disability in the United States than the total populations of the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, respectively.  

CNS News has more on the story:

April was the 195th straight month that the number of American workers collecting federal disability payments increased. The last time the number of Americans collecting disability decreased was in January 1997. That month the number of workers taking disability dropped by 249 people—from 4,385,623 in December 1996 to 4,385,374 in January 1997.

As the overall number of American workers collecting disability has increased, the ratio of full-time workers to disability-collecting workers has decreased.

In December 1968, 1,295,428 American workers collected disability and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 65,630,000 worked full-time. Thus, there were about 51 full-time workers for each worker collecting disability. In April 2013, with a record 8,865,586 American workers collecting disability and 116,053,000 working full-time, there were only 13 Americans working full-time for each worker on disability.  [Emphasis added]



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