(WSJ) Workers Stuck in Disability Stunt Economic Recovery

The unexpectedly large number of American workers who piled into the Social Security Administration’s disability program during the recession and its aftermath threatens to cost the economy tens of billions a year in lost wages and diminished tax revenues.

Signs of the problem surfaced Friday, in a dismal jobs report that showed U.S. labor force participation rates falling last month to the lowest levels since 1979, the wrong direction for an economy that instead needs new legions of working men and women to drive growth and sustain a baby boomer generation headed to retirement.

Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist for J.P. Morgan, estimates that since the recession, the worker flight to the Social Security Disability Insurance program accounts for as much as a quarter of the puzzling drop in participation rates, a labor exodus with far-reaching economic consequences.

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One comment on “(WSJ) Workers Stuck in Disability Stunt Economic Recovery

  1. Milton Finch says:

    I am sorry that I gave my all as a human resource trying to aide the money making abilities of elite whose main desire was the bottom line.