New figures released by the Social Security Administration show that the number of people drawing Social Security disability benefits has dropped for the sixth straight month.
By the way, when I have posted about these numbers in the past, a few people have tried to make points about increases or decreases in the number of claims filed or approved from month to month. Don't bother. Here's what the fine print at the bottom of the table says:
Because the application data are tabulated on a weekly basis, some months include 5 weeks of data while others include only 4 weeks. This weekly method of tabulation accounts for much of the month-to-month variation in the monthly application data. This method also occasionally causes quarterly data to have either 12 or 14 weeks of data instead of 13 weeks, annual data may include an extra week of data.This doesn't reduce the validity of the bottom line of the number of people drawing benefits since there is an equal effect upon the number going on and coming off benefits.