Become disabled.

These graphs will tell you everything you need to know about what is happening in the job market these days and what people are doing about it. These graphs reach into nearly the present of 2013 and if my indices are correct will only climb higher. Again I’m surprised that the government posted these on their .gov site.

“More workers joined the federal government’s disability program in March than got new jobs, according to two new government reports, a clear indicator of how bleak the nation’s jobs picture is after three full years of economic recovery.” Check out this graph:

12 month moving average

The economy created just 80,000 jobs in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration.

The disability ranks have outpaced job growth throughout President Obama’s recovery. While the economy has created 2.6 million jobs since June 2009, fully 3.1 million workers signed up for disability benefits.

In other words, the number of new disability enrollees has climbed 19% faster than the number of jobs created during the sluggish recovery. (Even after accounting for people who left the disability program because they died or aged into retirement, disability ranks have climbed more than 1.1 million in the past three years.)

And the disability ranks will continue to swell. In just the last month, almost 275,000 put in applications for disability benefits. Experts say that more people try to get on disability when jobs are scarce, and changes to eligibility rules enacted back in 1984 have made it far easier to qualify.

In addition, while hiring has been very weak during the recovery, the number of people who have dropped out of the labor force entirely has exploded by 7.3 million since June 2009, an IBD analysis of BLS data show. Some aged into retirement, but most either signed up for disability, stayed in school, moved back in with parents, or just quit looking for a job. The participation in the labor force as a percentage is the lowest it’s been in the history of this country. Another graph:

numbers of persons getting disability In millions. This number is mostly men and single mothers.

As a result, the “labor force participation rate” — the number of people who have jobs or are actively looking for one compared with the entire working-age population — is now 63.8%, down from 65.7% in June 2009. This participation rate is at the lowest levels in 30 years. In previous recoveries, the participation rate has almost always risen, not fallen.

Other indicators show that the economic recovery isn’t producing jobs in adequate numbers:

The unemployment rate has been above 8% for 41 consecutive months in real terms. In the previous 60 years, the jobless topped 8% in a total of only 39 months.

The number of people with jobs is still nearly 5 million below its pre-recession peak.

The number of long-term unemployed — those out of work 27 weeks or more — is still 5.4 million — almost 1 million higher than when the recovery began, and almost twice the level it ever reached prior to Obama’s recovery.” Here’s another graph from the government webpage:

average monthly payment

Why the hell would you work if you could get more income by being determined to be “disabled”? Shit, I’m pretty broken up from my professional career and some ill-advised hobbies when I was young and I’m pretty sure that I can find a doctor that will consider me disabled given my drunken mental state most of the time. Hell, I can live on $1202.96 a month. I’m going to have to look into this, might get some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes back that I paid when I was a productive member of society. I’d advise you guys my age to do the same.

Still think you have a chance in this “so-called” recovery?

Think again.

51 thoughts on “Become disabled.

  1. If being stupid was a disability at least half our politicians could apply for benefits too!

    Murica!

  2. Where I work, we laid off about half our workforce & almost all of them went on disability. The plant manager signed them up – I know because I gave him most of the pertinent numbers to do so. Most were veterans, so that might be different but still coming from my taxes.

    • Personally, I know I’ve paid in more in taxes than I’ll ever get back no matter what I do. I’m seriously considering applying for disability.

      • I say why not – go for it. Drain’em dry. I’d rather pay for you to enjoy the decline than a bunch of people who have never even paid in. Shit, maybe I’ll have my husband sign up; I’m pretty sure my brothers have.

        Seriously, if anything happens to my job, I’m hiding all liquid assets & signing up for every program I can. Screw the screwy system.

        • “Seriously, if anything happens to my job, I’m hiding all liquid assets & signing up for every program I can. Screw the screwy system.”

          I’m already in the process of drawing down my retirement accounts. Buying silver and ammo as fast as I can.

  3. Canada’s public service is in a constant crisis of widespread “Depression.”

    http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/01/11/public-servants-face-depression-crisis/

    heh

  4. Lol at: “Hell, I can live on $1202.96 a month”

    That’s 50% more than average working man’s pay where I come from. I could live with that kind of money like a king (if only I could get US disability money here in Croatia lol).

    The irony is I don’t qualify for disability although my medical condition has prevented me from working for years. On the other hand, I would probably get something like $100-200 a month so I’m not missing out on much. Go figure..

    • Wow, Croatia? I’d love to hear what it’s like to live there considering I’ve never been there. I’m constantly amazed where the readers to this site come from.

      • Hm, I think I’ve mentioned that I’m from Croatia before, but nevermind. If you want any information feel free to ask me, but overall it’s nothing special, and not that different from the rest of Eastern Europe/Balkans. High unemployment rate (22% and going up), poverty(I live on about $500-600 a month and I’m lucky), corruption, ineffective bureaucracy – you name it. And the girls are one of the hardest to get in this part of the world (verified by Roosh in his posts lol). But they are hot at least.

        The only good things are the pristine nature (the parts that weren’t ravaged by war) and friendly people (depending on where you live, that is). If you ever visit hit me up. I was planning to start a manosphere blog someday (when I get my life in order) so I’ll probably describe what’s living here like among other things.

        It’s nothing special, but a good friend of mine reads manosphere as well as we always laugh when we see posts like”Live like an alpha:cut your expenses from $3000 to $1500 a month!” or something like that. Yeah, that’s ok, but most of the people here don’t know if they’re going to eat lunch the next day, but we don’t complain. So we always laugh at western squandering and in turn our own fucked up situation. Must be that post-soviet oppression mentality lol. Blue-pill westerns wouldn’t last a day here, and guys like you would probably be mob bosses.

        • “…and guys like you would probably be mob bosses.”

          That’s probably one of the nicest things that has ever been said about me.

  5. Like I said with so many jobs leaving the country and so many more people coming in, something is going to give.

  6. Party down! So long as foreigners are dumb enough to take dollars the Fed and Treasury can float this sinking ship.

    Makes me feel dumb for working a well paying job. But figure better mske mine while i can and the music stops.

    So think this goes more Yugo civil war, Red Terror of Russia, or breal up of USSR?

    • That I can’t predict, there’s too many variables. Just talking to my neighbors up at the farm this week, and a sheriff detective because my farmhouse got broken into yesterday, I’m encouraged.

  7. There are laborers here where I work who also draw disability. They claim they are only making minimum wage and working a few hours so they still get benefits. The are actually making good money and working full time.
    I pulled a muscle in my back today. I was on top of a 14 ft A-frame ladder working on an electric hoist. I lsot my balance and grabbed the hoist to keep from falling, but I sort of forgot that the hoist is mounted on wheels on a rail.
    So as I held onto it, it slid along the rail until I was bent backwards at a 90 degree angle….and I still had to push it back into position so I could stand up straight and let go of it. Hurts like hell. And I’m still at work right now. And I haven’t reported shit.

    • “And I haven’t reported shit.

      I’m with you brother, all it takes to get laid off no matter how good you are at your job is one workman’s comp claim. That’s why I’m so broken up. I never reported anything.

      • I made that post I talked to you about last night. Check it out. I would call but I got off work a little late and the bed is calling. Well, the roast chicken and mashed potatoes, then bed. But you know what I mean. You should come over and help me change out the ball joints on my F-150.

        • Hell, if my farmhouse and barn hadn’t gotten broken into yesterday, I’d be there. I’ve got doors to fix and locks to install. Luckily my neighbors called me as soon as they noticed it.

          • My annual outage starts next month, which will have me tied up 12 hours a day for a month. After that, we’re going to have some drinks together. I can go there, you can come here, or we could just meet up in Gulf Shores or Pensacola and party on the beach. Your call.

  8. Hey Bill, I have a couple things I wanted to get your opinion on semi private. Can you email me with your email?

  9. Why? They are making a fortune doing basically nothing. They lead lives of endless leisure with every need taken care of and swimming in a sea of hot young tail…if they are stupid then I must be totally brain dead!

    They are hustlers and hucksters, thieves and scoundrels. Let us not blame stupidity for what is clearly malice.

    • “Let us not blame stupidity for what is clearly malice.”

      It is quickly occurring to me that we just might want to embrace malice. I know I have an endless capacity for it.

  10. Some things to think about before you make the jump into government dependency. Once they are paying the bill they will be free to tell you how to live and you can expect them to do just that. Expect some over fed minority female to pay you a visit in order to assess how your are living and if there are children that maybe in danger due to your “disability”. Also be aware that if you use any sort of “mental” disability claim they most likely will in the very near future use that to take away your right to any and all firearms or even if it’s your spouse that is making the claim (I have read of this already happening in some of the more enlightened states of the union).

    There are costs to everything and even though my son more than qualifies for this I have not signed up for any of it as I view it as yet another pathway for the government to mess with my life. And as the government runs out of money it will be looking to recover as much as possible so expect that they will be looking at all the wealth that those on the government tit may have and will be looking to take as much of it as possible (although this will also be true for those with enough wealth to steal but not enough to be able to opt out, i.e., the super wealthy will always skate)

    Also, be aware that we are going down the path of 1930’s Germany and I fully expect that like Germany there will be a push to get rid of “useless eaters” and if you happen to be categorized as that you’ll be well and truly screwed as starving to death in a government camp will be your fate.

    A free life does not depend on the government for sustenance, a slave’s life does so don’t willingly submit to being a slave.

    • I can concur this from working with Disability/medicaid crowd. One of their favorite tactics is to “buddy up” people in 2-3 bedroom apartments (subsidized, of course) and check in on one one week, another the next.

      It’s worse than you think. In addition to direct benefits payments and subsidized housing, they also get medicaid travel provided to them so long as they play by the system- which causes more intrusion to keep the travel schedule up. I personally drove at least one patient whose weekly travel expenses easily cost the taxpayer $700 per week to take her back and forth to a glorified babysitting service… so add in the cost of several overpaid social service workers to that. It would literally be cheaper just to send her a check/EBT transfer for $2000 per month and telling her to have fun with it.

    • They aren’t cropped, I stole them fair and square from the government’s own website. Hell I even linked the site I got them from. Let me know if my server is cropping them, I’m not seeing it.

      • What I mean by “cropped” is that the vertical scale of that second graph does not start at zero. It looks like “number in current payment” has increased more than tenfold. In fact, it’s only (only!) tripled.

  11. “After that, we’re going to have some drinks together. I can go there, you can come here, or we could just meet up in Gulf Shores or Pensacola and party on the beach. Your call.”

    We’ll meet halfway which I think will be Gulf Shores. Sounds like a hell of a lot of fun. And, great post by the way.

  12. As a quick note: it seems a chunk of the increase are from people that the states are moving from welfare to disability. Welfare is paid by the states and disability is paid by the Fed. There are even companies that will help you move people from your State roles to the Fed for just $2300/person. The system is gaming itself. How nice. See: http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2013/03/from-state-welfare-to-federal-disability.html

  13. OT:

    Here’s something I think maybe a contributing factor:

    http://www.cracked.com/article_20322_6-ways-companies-are-secretly-screwing-job-applicants.html

  14. Why even bother working. It looks like life is better collecting a Gov. Check from Uncle Sam! :(

  15. Know an older guy who runs his own tailoring business, who had to drop out of a club we’re in as he couldn’t pay the dues any longer. What happened? Government cut off his disability. (Disability for what I have no idea)
    This showed me two things – one, that people quickly learn to depend on handouts as a given part of their income – something your graphs clearly illustrate – and two, made me think twice about starting a business of my own. Had assumed his job income totally covered the bills.

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