We now have the Social Security Administration’s February 2020 SSD benefits statistics report numbers, so let’s dive in. Here, you’ll learn how disability beneficiary numbers and average payments changed over the past 30 days. Our monthly report updates help people on benefits compare their payments against the monthly average. Below, we’ll review updates from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
February 2020 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 9,902,000
Disabled Workers: 8,352,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 112,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,439,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,122.20
Disabled Workers: $1,258.15
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $361.32
Children of Disabled Workers: $392.12
How the February 2020 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
Continuing a year-long trend, the February 2020 SSD benefits statistics report shows fewer adults on SSD. The disabled workers category struck 8,000 beneficiaries off this month’s rolls, while spouses stayed flat. An additional 4,000 children of disabled workers received SSD benefits compared to January. Overall, the February 2020 SSD benefits statistics report showed 5,000 fewer total beneficiaries nationwide:
Now, let’s look at newly approved claims and their average pay amounts. The SSA approved 63,675 new applications for SSD benefits in February, with monthly payments averaging $1,402.55. Of those, 33,056 were men paid $1,547.64 and 30,619 women paid $1,245.92 in SSD, on average.
February 2020 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
Average monthly payments in the February 2020 SSD benefits statistics report changed by less than a dollar across the board. Nationwide, the average disability payment was $.09 lower in February. However, disabled workers received $.27 more in benefits this month. Spouses saw the biggest pay cut, receiving $.51 less in average monthly benefits. Children of disabled workers, however, got paid about $.37 more:
Spousal beneficiaries include the husbands and wives of disabled workers who qualify for SSD. The February 2020 SSD benefits statistics report added 392 men and 2,604 women to this category. The SSA awarded newly approved husbands $392.02 and wives $391.66 per month, on average.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Data in the February 2020 Report
Now, let’s review the February 2020 SSD benefits statistics report’s latest Supplemental Security Income (SSI) data. Overall, 20,000 people nationwide joined the SSI beneficiary rolls in February:
Total SSI beneficiaries: 8,059,000 (+20,000)
Children under 18 receiving SSI: 1,130,000 (+11,000)
SSI recipients aged 18-64: 4,631,000 (+6,000)
SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,298,000 (+3,000)
The good news is, nearly everyone’s SSI payments went up this month. Overall, the average SSI payment nationwide rose $.31 in February. Children no more than 18 years old got $1.59 more in SSI benefits. Working-age SSI recipients took a $.06 monthly pay cut, while benefits for those aged 65+ stayed flat.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Filing your claim through a Social Security attorney makes you 3x more likely to get approved on your first try. On March 17, the SSA announced it would close all office locations to the public temporarily due to coronavirus. As a result, it’s now impossible for you to apply for disability in person. It likely also means a much longer wait time to get much-needed monthly benefits. Right now, legal representation is the fastest and easiest way to get the most benefits you deserve!
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