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Something Wicked This Way Comes: Disability and Average Weeks Unemployed Skyrocketed Since Mid 2010
Confounded Interest ^ | 05/12/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders

Posted on 05/12/2012 9:24:49 AM PDT by whitedog57

There is something wicked in the employment numbers. The number of disabled workers has increased by 2,209,000 since July 2010 while the average weeks unemployed grew from 32.6 weeks to 42.0 weeks.

The almost meaningless civilian unemployment rate, however, gives a distorted view of what is really happening. As we know, the civilian unemployment rate has fallen to 8.1% from a high of 10.0% in 2010.

Rather than focus on the percentage of the labor force that is unemployed, let’s look at the actual number of unemployed: 12,500,000. Like the unemployment rate, it shows a similar downward trend which trumpets “recovery!”.

But “Something Wicked This Way Comes!” in the employment numbers. Since July 2010, a curious thing has happened. The number of people claiming disability has risen by 2,209,000. Even more worrisome, the average weeks unemployed rose from 32.6 weeks to 42.0 weeks. Neither a good trend for the jobs market.

THIS is an employment recovery?

I have prepared a scorecard for our progress on the employment front since July 2010. The number of people going on disability is 100,000 greater than the decline in unemployment.

Based on these numbers, I would say that the unemployment rate actually rose rather than falling since July 2010. And the number of weeks employed rose by 9.4 weeks.

Economic recovery or Something Wicked?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: disability; economy; recovery; unemployment

1 posted on 05/12/2012 9:25:01 AM PDT by whitedog57
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To: whitedog57

Look at the charts, particularly of disability and weeks unemployed. These dwarf the decline in unemployment.

I don’t usually post on a Saturday, but I saw this piece this morning and it made me sick.


2 posted on 05/12/2012 9:26:48 AM PDT by whitedog57
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To: whitedog57

There is a booming, booming business in disability claim lawyers. SS routinely denies all but the most egregious disabilities which requires an appeal via one of these disability lawyers.


3 posted on 05/12/2012 9:27:58 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: whitedog57
No biggie, we will just be hit harder and faster when it comes home to roost.

Keep the powder dry...

4 posted on 05/12/2012 9:30:35 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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Economic recovery or Something Wicked?

Why are we focusing on trivial financial matters when we have faygut rights to put in place as a precedence?

5 posted on 05/12/2012 9:35:06 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: whitedog57

Another gift from Obama&Co.


6 posted on 05/12/2012 9:51:00 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: whitedog57

Disability has become one of the biggest scams perpetrated on the American taxpayer,


7 posted on 05/12/2012 9:51:57 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: whitedog57

more HOPE! and CHANGE! coming our way.


8 posted on 05/12/2012 10:11:48 AM PDT by BipolarBob ("Oh no, I'm not sick, well I'm not physically sick anyway. Mentally I'm sick beyond any doctor's abi)
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To: Hildy

For a short time I did disability evals as a cog in the SSDI system. A very short time.

But I have had “patients” come to me requesting such evals in one setting or another for 25 years. I tell them, uniformly, that I won’t participate in their efforts to be declared “disabled,” but that - as a doctor - I would be happy to do what a doctor does, which is to diagnose and treat whatever problem they think is keeping them from working.

About half, I find, want to work with me to get well, and they usually do get well, and about half go on to find some other avenue towards disability. I cooperate with requests for medical records from lawyers and agencies, of course, and have certainly seen many more than are warranted, especially lately.

From my vantage point, I would say that the disability racket provided the end run for many people when Clinton was pressured into “the end of welfare as we know it,” and that the numbers have definitely picked up as this Obama-maintained recession destroys our economy.


9 posted on 05/12/2012 10:14:59 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: whitedog57
can you blame people for going on SSdisability?.....you get more disability income the sooner you go on it than if you work your whole life and wait until age 65...

work is not valued...saving is not valued..investing is not valued....

doing the right thing and being a good citizen is just not valued...

10 posted on 05/14/2012 10:40:38 PM PDT by cherry
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