- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2013

Newly released data by the Social Security Administration shows that 10,978,040 Americans now are receiving disability benefits. What the numbers don’t tell is that if all those individuals created their own state, it would be be the eighth-most populous.

CNS news reports that there are more people on disability today than there are residents of Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey or Virginia.

According to CNS news, “the record 10,978,040 total disability beneficiaries in May, included a record 8,877,921 disabled workers (up from 8,865,586 in April), a record 1,939,687 children of disabled workers (up from 1,936,236 in April), and 160,432 spouses of disabled workers.”

Using Census Bureau data, the news website tabulated which states would out-populate one composed of Americans collecting disability payments:

1. California: 38,041,430
2. Texas: 26,059,203
3. New York: 19,570,261
4. Florida: 19,317,568
5. Illinois: 12,875,255
6. Pennsylvania: 12,763,536
7. Ohio: 11,544,225
8. Disability: 10,978,040

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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