11,004,507: Disability Beneficiaries Top 11 Million for First Time

By Terence P. Jeffrey | June 20, 2014 | 4:04pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The total number of disability beneficiaries in the United States topped 11 million for the first time last month, increasing from 10,996,447 in April to a record 11,004,507 in May, according to new data released by the Social Security Administration.

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The number of Americans receiving disability benefits continues to exceed the populations of Greece, Tunisia and Portugal and is drawing closer to Cuba, whose population of 11,047,251 (as reported by the CIA) is just 42,744 more than the 11,004,507 Americans receiving disability benefits.

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The 11,004,507 total disability beneficiaries in May included a record 8,947,220 disabled workers. It also included 153,554 spouses of disabled workers and 1,903,733 children of disabled workers.

The previous record for disabled workers alone (not counting spouses and children receiving benefits) was the 8,942,584 recorded in December 2013.

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