The Social Security Administration’s January 2020 SSD benefits statistics report is here, so let’s review those numbers. We’ll explain how federal disability beneficiary numbers and amounts changed in the past 30 days. We publish these report updates so those on disability can compare their payments to the national average. Below, we review data from both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
January 2020 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 9,907,000
Disabled Workers: 8,360,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 112,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,435,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,122.29
Disabled Workers: $1,257.88
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $361.83
Children of Disabled Workers: $391.75
How the January 2020 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
The January 2020 SSD benefits statistics report shows another big drop in people on disability. This time, disabled workers account for nearly all those who fell off this month’s rolls. That category lost 18,000 beneficiaries since December’s report came out. The spousal beneficiary category shrank as well, with 1,000 husbands and wives no longer receiving SSD payments this month. Children of disabled workers added another 1,000 beneficiaries this month, according to the January 2020 SSD benefits statistics report.
So, how many new applicants got approved for Social Security disability in the past month? According to the January 2020 SSD benefits statistics report, just 39,356 disabled workers got claims approved last month. This included 20,678 men paid $1,563.25 and 18,678 women who received $1,260.60 in SSD benefits, on average.
January 2020 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
We only saw modest raises listed for most beneficiary categories in the January 2020 SSD benefits statistics report. At this national level, average payments went up $.06 month-over-month. Disabled workers received $.23 more in this month’s checks, while spousal beneficiaries lost $.31, on average. Children of disabled workers enjoyed the biggest pay bump since December, receiving $.83 more in monthly SSD benefits:
We often report on children getting SSD, but let’s take a closer look at that category. Minor children now living with a disabled parent received $373.95, on average. Disabled children received $517.85 in SSD benefits, on average. High school students aged 19 and younger got paid $534.92, on average.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Data in the January 2020 Report
So, how do Supplemental Security Income (SSI) numbers look in the January 2020 SSD benefits statistics report? Every single group receiving SSI benefits got smaller in the last month, it seems. SSI recipients aged 18-64 saw the biggest losses, listing 22,000 fewer beneficiaries since December’s report came out. Children getting SSI payments saw the second-largest drop, losing 13,000 beneficiaries month-over-month. The January 2020 report also shows 3,000 fewer people aged 65+ getting SSI. Overall, that adds up to 38,000 people struck from this month’s SSI rolls:
Total SSI beneficiaries: 8,039,000 (-38,000)
Children under 18 receiving SSI: 1,119,000 (-13,000)
SSI recipients aged 18-64: 4,625,000 (-22,000)
SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,295,000 (-3,000)
While SSI beneficiary numbers shrank in every category, payment amounts went up. This is due to the 1.6% COLA increase now in effect for all federal benefit payments. The January 2020 SSD benefits report shows SSI payments nationwide went up $9.14 this month, on average. However, minor children saw the biggest SSI pay bump in January, receiving $10.27 more. Working-age SSI beneficiaries added another $10.06 to this month’s checks, while seniors got a $7.41 raise since December.
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