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More New Mexico residents receive disability benefits

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The number of people in New Mexico receiving disability payments through the social security system has exceeded the increasing national trend.

A review of data from the Social Security Administration showed that the number of former workers in New Mexico receiving benefits grew by 66 percent from 2002 to 2011.

During that same time period the national growth rate was 55 percent.

The most recent numbers show that over 60,000 New Mexico residents are receiving social security benefits.

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