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American workforce shrinks, number of disabled rises

While many Americans want to work, it is made impossible or nearly impossible by a litany of crippling disabilities. Business Week reports that the number of workers in the country receiving Social Security Disability payments jumped 22 percent from December 2007 to April of this year. There are currently 8.7 million people receiving Social Security disability payments.

Business Week said the number of working age people holding a job or seeking one was 63.8 percent in March after being at a 30 year low of 63.7 percent in January.

“How we measure and understand what’s going on in the economy can be influenced by the degree to which various public- support programs are available and being used,” said Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan in New York. “With a rising number of disability beneficiaries, there are both lower unemployment rates and lower participation rates.”

Those people who cannot work but are not receiving disability payments from the Social Security Administration should look to apply for disability payments as soon as possible if they have disability qualifying conditions.

There is no advantage for a claimant to wait to apply for disability benefits if they believe they can no longer work. In fact, it can make a disability case more difficult to prove if a claimant waits too long to file a case. The law offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have been successful in obtaining disability benefits for its clients in cases where the claimants have delayed filing a claim. We are experts in securing benefits in difficult disability claims.