Impact of Increases in State Unemployment Rates on SSA's Disability Programs

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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SSA has recently experienced a significant increase in initial applications for Title II and Title XVI disability benefits. In addition, the unemployment rate in the United States has increased substantially.

To review the impact of the most recent increases in unemployment rates on Title II and Title XVI disability applications, we identified the 10 States with the highest percentage increases in unemployment rates from Calendar Years 2007 to 2011. We analyzed Title II and Title XVI disability applications and allowance rates as well as other aspects of SSA’s disability programs nationally and in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, and Utah to evaluate the impact of increases in unemployment rates.