According to the Social Security Administration, the number of American receiving disability payments hit a record high of 8,830,026. This is up from 8,827,795 the month before. In fact, the last time the amount of citizens receiving disability payments dropped was January of 1997 when the number dropped by 249 people. What is even more disconcerting is that in 1968, there were 51 Americans working for every 1 on disability. January of 1997 there were 24 Americans working for every 1 on disability and as of today, there are 13 workers for every 1 person on disability. You can read a full article about this here.