More Americans Tap Social Security Disability Fund After Unemployment Runs Out

Source: Damian Paletta and Dionne Searcey / The Wall Street Journal

The prolonged economic slump has fueled a surge in applications for Social Security disability benefits, with many desperate Americans seeking refuge in the program as a last resort after their unemployment insurance and savings run out.

Two new studies, one of them co-authored by the White House’s top economist, show a correlation between when people seek Social Security disability payments and when their unemployment benefits are exhausted. Some economists say that connection shows many people now view the system as an extended unemployment program.

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