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Some Southern and Appalachian States Found to Have Above Average Rates of Social Security Recipients

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported that there are a higher number of people receiving disability payments from Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) living in Southern and Appalachian states than in other parts of the country. While about 6 percent of the working-age population across the country receives these benefits, as much as 10 percent receive them in some Southern and Appalachian states.

In North Carolina, between 5 and 6.99 percent of the population between 18 and 64 years of age receives Social Security disability benefits, SSI, or both. In Kentucky and West Virginia, the rates are between 11 and 12.99 percent, and in Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Maine, the rates are between 9 and 10.99 percent.

The rates are between 7 and 8.99 percent in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rhode Island, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities suggests several reasons for this trend, including a less-educated workforce, an older population, fewer immigrants, and a more industrial economy in those states.

In states where higher numbers of the population have not completed high school, there are higher rates of Social Security disability payments. An applicant's work history and education level are two parts of the analysis used to determine disability for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income.

Disability3_06132014Those without much education have fewer options to find other work if they are injured.

Of course, states with an older population are going to have higher rates of disability payments since the risk of injury and disability rises with age. States with a more industrial economy are also likely to have higher rates of disability payment because these jobs have more inherent risk for injury.

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

Social Security is an important safety net for disabled workers, no matter where you live. If you have applied for Social Security disability benefits or Social Security Income and believe that your claim was unfairly denied, the North Carolina Social Security disability lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

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300 Ridgefield Court Suite 309
Asheville, NC 28806
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301 S McDowell St, Suite 900
Charlotte, NC 28204
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Durham, NC 27701
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Fayetteville, NC 28303
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Goldsboro, NC 27534
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Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
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Greenville Law Office

702 Cromwell Dr. Suite G
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
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Henderson Law Office

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Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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216 N. Sterling Street, Suite B
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-219-3080
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New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
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Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
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Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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144 Woodridge Court
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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