Houston Social Security lawyers know that more Americans than ever are receiving disability benefits. Across the United States, some areas are more plagued by health issues, unemployment and increasing poverty rates.
The following are the 5 states with the most people on disability benefits and the percentage of their working-age population receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI.
- West Virginia: 9%
- Arkansas: 8.2%
- Alabama: 8.1%
- Kentucky: 8.1%
- Mississippi: 7.7%
Houston Social Security lawyers note that in the past two decades, the number of people receiving SSDI in the United States has gone from 5.2 million to 11.7 million. The National Association of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives and the Cato Institute agree with Houston Social Security lawyers that there are several factors that play a role in this increase:
Aging baby boomers: As the large population of baby boomers has gotten older, there are more SSDI eligible adults experiencing health problems.
Women in the workforce: There was a notable increase of women in the workforce in the 1970s and 1980s. This generation of female workers are now SSDI eligible.
The recession: States with the most disability claims also have the highest poverty rates, fewest job opportunities and least-educated workforces.
While more and more people are qualifying for SSDI, there are still many people who are wrongfully denied benefits. If you need assistance from a Houston Social Security lawyer after a benefits denial, contact The Law Offices Of M. Stanley Whitehead today.