The total number of people who are taking federal disability insurance payments is now greater than the population of New York City, as 8,733,461 workers took federal disability in June 2012, according to CNS News. The population of New York City is 8,244,910, according to the Census Bureau.
In 1992, according to CNS, about one out of every 35 workers took disability payments. When President Barack Obama took office, one out of every 19 workers took disability payments. Now, approximately one out of 16 workers are on disability.
Here are some more statistics to put the numbers into perspective, according to CNS:
Only 11 states–California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas–have populations in excess of the 8,733,461 workers who took disability payments in June.
In addition to the 8,733,461 workers taking federal disability payments in June, there were also 165,469 spouses of disabled workers getting federal disability payments and 1,899,756 children of disabled workers getting benefits. That brought the total number of beneficiaries receiving disability insurance payment in June to 10,798,686.
These disability payments put more strain on a federal budget that continues to spiral out of control and is another symbol of a sputtering economy that Obama has made worse.