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My Lower Back Hurts

In 1960, 0.9% of the American population received disability benefits. In other words, 1 out of every 111 people you encountered received disability.

Today, 5.9% of the American population received disability benefit. In other words, 1 out of every 17 people you encounter is receiving disability.

Note that Americans are living longer, cars and driving are safer, crime is down, medical care is vastly improved, manufacturing makes up less than 10% of the economy and those jobs are safer than ever before.

More data here. If you are interested in learning more about why this is going on, check out the work of David Autor.

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