Food stamp, disability claims on the rise

More people are on food stamps and disability, government data show.

The number of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) recipients  increased 70 percent from 2007 to 2011 to 45 million people, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The number is expected to continue to grow for two more years until an improved economy leads to a downturn in the number of people claiming benefits.

Program spending hit $72 billion last year, up $30 billion from 2007, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Separately, Investors.com, citing Social Security Administration data, said there are 10.8 million people on disability, up 53 percent from a decade ago. So far this year, 539,000 people have gone on disability and 725,000 have applied. Since June 2009, when the recession officially ended, the number of people signing up for disability benefits is double the job growth figure.

“The big factor in the recent surge is the slow pace of the economic recovery after the severe recession,” Investors.com assesses. “That has kept the unemployment rate above 8 percent and created an enormous pool of long-term unemployed and discouraged workers”

The article notes that according to a study by two economists, the main reasons for the broader trend increase are “the loosening of eligibility rules by Congress in 1984, the rise in disability benefits relative to wages, and the fact that more women have entered the workforce, making them eligible for disability.”

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Jane

April 20th, 2012
12:43 pm

How many people on food stamps are American Citizens?? If we stopped feeding the non-citizens the number would have a huge drop.

Will

April 20th, 2012
12:45 pm

Obama is the food stamp president whose polices have done more than any other to increase dependency and misery. He is destroying the very people he purports to help.

@ Will

April 20th, 2012
1:02 pm

Care to elaborate, or are you just going to stick to the Hannity talking point?

Dekalb taxpayer

April 20th, 2012
1:40 pm

“The number is expected to continue to grow for two more years until an improved economy leads to a downturn in the number of people claiming benefits.” I would love to see figures on the number of people who, once on public assistance, get off of it once their circumstances improve. News stories of lottery winners who continue to live off of the taxpayers makes one wonder.

Chuck

April 20th, 2012
1:44 pm

With a population of 307,000,000 in 2011 and 45% of the population paying taxes that comes out to around 318,000,000 paying taxes. This results in around $521. per taxpayer going to food stamps per year.

Chuck

April 20th, 2012
1:47 pm

I’m sorry: With a population of 307,000,000 in 2011 and 45% of the population paying taxes that comes out to around 138,000,000 paying taxes. This results in around $521. per taxpayer going to food stamps per year.

Alecia

April 20th, 2012
3:01 pm

This is the hope and change we were promised.

TryMe

April 20th, 2012
3:03 pm

@’@Will’
People like Will are a waste of the earth’s oxygen. Frankly, the amount of money people get in a month of food stamps and cash from the welfare system I could s— with about a day and a half or two of work! These space cases would have us all believe that receiving welfare benefits is such a glamorous way of life. a $9k -$11k a year annual income, oftentimes for a family of 2, 3 or more??? No see, THEIR idea (or preference) is to allow people to starve!

Why?? Simple, because they are SO dumb that they have allowed the right wing bomb throwers and media to burn the IMAGE in their minds of what a welfare recipient looks like, so there is an inability to muster any degree of compassion. Doesn’t matter that people have lost legitimate jobs due to the pillaging of the past 10 years and were once making a “respectable” living. Funny thing is, many of these same people have parents, relatives or are themselves on the public dole or have been before. They don’t feel bad though or even think about it because their “sense of entitlement” is BUILT IN! THEY see it as THEIR country and so forth. They are THAT deluded!

edward woods

April 20th, 2012
3:11 pm

this is just the begining of the problem,the whiteman and woman time of rule is over everything that the whitemnan has created on the planet is contrary to god,your made up economy,and your religion, the eduacational system , and soon your way of life,over you was appointed a certain time to rule and you have been the most wicked rulers ont the face of the earth since your intoduction to the planet you have controled the world with you your fake money system and now the most high is bringing your economy down in doing so this mark the end of your rule and privilegde existence on earth the storms are here to cleanse the world of you and those that continue to follow you so this look left food stamp report is another shame soon you to will be needing them as well white folks the ship nibiru is here along with the annunakkiq,s and the good thing about the way your exit off the earth is that you will not be able to place the blame on anyone meaning the blackman and woman for many of years you folks have voted for whiteman to be in the highest office in your land and they along with you where the most crooked people and hateful being s out of all the dynasty to rule on the earth,you never thought you folks would see a day like this coming it,s time for all of the white folks to dissapate from the unviverse.

TryMe

April 20th, 2012
3:38 pm

Wow @Edward, you kind of took it way out there on that one. But hey, your are entitled to your view like everyone else, so I won’t criticize you.

What I do hope though is that genuinely good and consciencious people of all hues will stand up for righteousness and justice for all regardless of hue or whatever other characteristic might be in play. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Truthfully that is the only way to set this world on a proper course, because I do believe there are some phrophetic forces in play during this time.

monroe s

April 21st, 2012
1:37 am

the government better not cut my disability pay—i don’t get enough as it is. this chump change i get now can’t pay all my bills.

Bob Walters

April 21st, 2012
2:17 am

This is Obama’s plan; to make as many people as possible dependent on Federal handouts to guarantee his reelection. Obama learned well from that other exemplary Washington bureaucrat: Marion Barry. Marion Barry managed to create a bulging city payroll bloated with patronage jobs created to ensure those in them voted for him; and it worked!

It’s time for people in this country to take responsibility for their own circumstance and stop relying on their rich Uncle Sam. Come January we’ll finally be rid of the food stamp president and we can get started on the Tea Party Reformation. Put an end to ALL government handouts, first and foremost food stamps… and don’t even get me started on disability. That’s what private disability insurance is for. And if you were too cheap to buy it, don’t expect the rest of us to forfeit our hard earned tax dollars to cover your butt!

Tea Party 2012!!!

Jestyler

April 21st, 2012
10:53 pm

I am an eligibility caseworker for food stamp benefits and I can say that non-legal citizens are not eligible for the program contrary to popular belief. I will say that legal residents, who have been so for at least 5 years, are eligible whether they have paid a cent of taxes or not. I see a lot of this and it really distresses me that it is allowed per federal policy. As far as increase in social security disability applications I suspect a lot of people have just given up job search and/or just dont want to work and are trying this avenue. I have heard the spectrum of reasons people claim to be disabled thus they apply for social security disability. In my field I see too many people on social security disability that in my opinion should not be. I think the rules/policies to be eligible for it should definitely be tightened. Through all the people I see that are on food stamp benefits-most are honest individual/families who have been hit with layoffs and unemployment but want to work. Some though do fulfill popular belief and just want to live off of system but overall majority do not.

SSDAdvocate

April 23rd, 2012
12:54 pm

Many people are turning to disability benefits once their unemployment runs out. If you are one of these people, it may be wise to utilize the services of a specialized Social Security Disability Insurance attorney in your area to help present your case in the best light for the SSA. Because more than two thirds of disability claims are denied in the initial stage of the application, you may want to have an attorney fill our all your paperwork and ensure you have all the proper medical documentation to fill out your claim. Check out http://www.socialsecurity-disability.org to get connected with an attorney today.