"For 2011 overall, nearly 2.88 million people filed disability claims, compared with nearly 2.94 million applicants in 2010, a decrease of 1.98 percent year to year. However, nearly 1.8 million SSDI claims are pending with an average cumulative wait time of more than 800 days, according to Allsup's analysis of the Social Security disability backlog." http://www.marketwatch.com/story/in...ple-with-disabilities-allsup-finds-2012-01-18 --------------- Fwiw, with the aging boomer population and people over 50 at risk of a medical diagnosis where they are unable to continue working. The situation could be made worse if you are unemployed in the months before becoming disabled and find you aren't eligible because you do not have enough work credits to qualify. So you are out of a job and do not qualify for benefits, you are screwed.