Graph of the Day for July 30, 2010

"I've been practising ... I bowled a 129.  It was like the Special Olympics or something!"  President Obama, March 2009.

"We're also placing a new focus on hiring Americans with disabilities across the federal government.  (Applause.)  Today, only 5 percent of the federal workforce is made up of Americans with disabilities -- far below the proportion of Americans with disabilities in the general population.  In a few moments, I'll sign an executive order that will establish the federal government as a model employer of individuals with disabilities.  (Applause.)"  President Obama, July 26, 2010, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Source:  CBO, July 22, 2010.

Hoven's Index for July 30, 2010

Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) statistics:

Number of people receiving DI benefits in 1970:  2.7 million

In 2009:  9.7 million

Inflation-adjusted cost per person receiving DI benefits in 1970 (2010 $):  $6,900

In 2009:  $12,800

Year the DI trust fund will be exhausted:  2018

Source:  CBO, July 22, 2010.

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