The April 2019 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is here, along with our analysis. We’ll explain how beneficiary numbers and average payment amounts changed over the last 30 days. This way, people getting disability can compare their monthly payments against the national monetary average. See how this month’s changes may affect your own claim below.
April 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,129,000
Disabled Workers: 8,498,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 117,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,514,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,097.62
Disabled Workers: $1,235.15
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $351.33
Children of Disabled Workers: $383.36
How the April 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
Two groups changed the exact same amount in beneficiaries in the April 2019 SSD benefits statistics report. While there are 2,000 fewer disabled workers getting paid benefits this month, children increased by the same number. Spouses stayed flat once more, a trend we’ve noticed every month in 2019.
In addition, the SSA removes any deceased or fraudulent beneficiaries between these monthly reports. People whose conditions improved enough for them to start working again are also struck off the rolls between each report.
April 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
The April 2019 SSD benefits statistics report shows another pay increase across the board this month for everyone. Average monthly checks went up the least, just $.23 compared to March 2019’s report. Spouses of disabled workers got one penny more than that this month, with another $.24 added to their deposits. Disabled workers got a $.41 raise, but children’s payments saw the biggest boost with a $.47 increase in April.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Numbers in the April 2019 Report
Next, let’s see how the April 2019 SSD benefits statistics report affected those on Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This month, there were 8,123,000 total SSI beneficiaries — or 25,000 more than got benefits in March. It’s interesting to note that as SSDI beneficiary numbers go down, people that depend on SSI are going up. Unfortunately, the average SSI payment dipped slightly compared to March, losing $.04 month-over-month. You can see all SSI beneficiaries and average payment amounts for each age range in our chart below:
The April 2019 SSD benefits statistics report shows a complete reversal in the SSI children’s category, which added 8,000 recipients. However, beneficiaries grouped into the age 18-64 category shrank by 12,000 compared to March. And finally, 4,000 fewer people aged 65 and older are now getting SSI than what we saw in March’s report.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Only a few first-time disability claimants (17%) have lawyers helping them apply. But in recent years, the SSA approved about the same number on their very first try (20%)! Getting legal assistance from a Social Security attorney is the best way to get paid the most benefits you’re owed faster than you would applying on your own. They provide contingency-based help, which means they won’t take on your case unless they think you’ll win. And if you do win, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee. But if you don’t win, your lawyer gets paid nothing!
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Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.