It's in a state's best interest to refer someone to SS disability because the federal government picks up the tab, rather than go through extended unemployment.
Maybe now you are starting to see where a bunch of those vanishing workers went, who couldn't be labeled employed or unemployed.
Burn up your 99 weeks of unemployment, magically you can be classified as "disabled."
Obama rocks though. Right? :)
http://finance.townhall.com/columnis...ted/page/full/From July 2010 to April 2012, the decline in the number of people collecting extended and emergency unemployment benefits was 2.46 million. Over the same time period the number of people collecting disability benefits increased by 2.20 million. We suspect the similarity in the inverse relationship is more than coincidence.