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Waves of pain across Michigan’s ‘Disability Belt’

Across northern Michigan, a greater percentage of working-age adults are getting long-term disability than anywhere outside the rural South. In a region beset with economic and health woes, tens of thousands of workers have qualified for checks at a rate unrivaled north of Kentucky. SEE FULL STORY.

Source: U.S. Census, Social Security Administration and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Thu, 04/13/2017 - 6:17pm

I own a 2nd place in Iosco County. Getting someone to do work there - even when paying cash - is next to impossible. Ugh!

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:22am

Same is true in Presque Isle. If you can convince anyone to get off their @ss, they want 10x what you would pay for the same thing in SE Michigan.

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:17pm

There are very few jobs in those counties, so people who can work move out. This lowers property values and makes it more affordable for people who can't work to move in. This is simple cause and effect, but if there were jobs, the percentage on disability would go down as the population and property values increased.

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 3:07pm

Number one problem with the social security system.