The December 2019 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration is here, along with our analysis. Below, we’ll show how federal disability beneficiary numbers and payment amounts changed since last month. We analyze these reports so disability recipients can compare their benefits against the national average. To do this, we’ll include data for both programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
December 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 9,925,000
Disabled Workers: 8,378,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 113,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,434,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,122.23
Disabled Workers: $1,257.65
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $362.14
Children of Disabled Workers: $390.92
How the December 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
The December 2019 SSD benefits statistics report shows the second-biggest drop in total beneficiaries we saw this year. Overall, 31,000 fewer people received Social Security disability in December than November 2019. Disabled workers lost the most recipients month-over-month (27,000 beneficiaries). Children of disabled workers lost 3,000 beneficiaries between November and December. Another surprise? December’s report shows 1,000 fewer spousal beneficiaries getting paid SSD benefits each month. In fact, this is the lowest number of spousal beneficiaries ever recorded!
But let’s take a closer look at spousal category changes in the December 2019 SSD benefits statistics report. Surprisingly, about 9% of spousal beneficiaries are husbands; their average monthly SSD payment is $396.23. Wives make up the remaining 91%, averaging $358.73 in SSD payments every month.
December 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
The December 2019 SSD benefits statistics report shows plenty of raises, thanks to this month’s 1.6% COLA increase. SSD payments for all beneficiaries nationwide rose $17.63 this month, on average. Disabled workers got the biggest pay boost, receiving $19.69 more this month compared to November. Spousal beneficiaries got $5.93 added to December’s checks, while the SSA paid children $6.80 more compared to last month:
Men in the disabled workers group received $1,384.35 in monthly SSD benefits for December. Contrast that with women in the same category, whose Social Security disability payments averaged $1,128.39/month nationwide.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Data in the December 2019 Report
Now, let’s review Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program changes in the December 2019 SSD benefits statistics report. Unlike the last few months, most SSI age groups added new beneficiaries in December. Nationwide, 6,000 more people received SSI benefits in December than November. Children saw the biggest jump in new SSI recipients, added 7,000 beneficiaries since November. However, losses in the 18-64 category completely offset those gains. Another 3,000 new SSI recipients joined the 65+ category based on age alone this month:
Total SSI beneficiaries: 8,077,000 (+6,000)
Children under 18 receiving SSI: 1,132,000 (+7,000)
SSI recipients aged 18-64: 4,647,000 (-4,000)
SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,298,000 (+3,000)
The December 2019 SSD benefits statistics report doesn’t show any pay increases for SSI recipients just yet. (We expect to see those COLA-driven benefit raises in next month’s report.) Children in the under-18 category had the biggest SSI benefits cut, losing $6.53 this month. The remaining groups that depend on SSI each month each showed modest pay cuts compared to November. Total SSI beneficiary payments fell $1.70 month-over-month, on average. Working-age SSI beneficiaries got paid $1.19 less in December, and seniors aged 65+ received $.65 less this month.
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