In Small-Town America, Social Security Disability benefits are often about more than just the individual's receiving the benefits; they're about the places they live, and the businesses they spend their money at.
Small Towns Hit Hard
As noted in a recent article in the StarTribune, aging residents in small rural Minnesota towns are receiving disability benefits at nearly double the rate of the state average; 1 in every 12 residents are receiving disability benefits, compared to the state average of 1 in every 25 residents. The funds they receive, while important to the disabled beneficiaries, have become important for the local businesses where their money is spent.
This problem isn't confined to just the small, rural towns in Minnesota. It's a nationwide problem on a large scale. Small towns tend to have less availability in terms of jobs; sedentary desk jobs are hard to come by. This is leaving the aging population with little choice when they find themselves injured or disable, and unable to work at their previous places of employment.
A Ripple Effect
These small towns face an ever-growing problem: their younger populations are leaving for college--and they aren't coming back. This leaves an aging work force that has a higher likelihood of becoming injured or disabled. Any cuts to disability benefits would not only impact the individuals receiving them, but also the small communities in which they live. The lack of income for the residents is resulting in a decline in spending in their small communities; the whole town begins to feel the effects of those unable to work due to disabilities.
Whether you find yourself in a large city, or a small town, you may wish to talk with an advocate at Binder & Binder®, America's Most Successful Social Security Disability Advocates. Do what so many others have done: Call Binder & Binder®.