The July 2018 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now available for review. The SSA publishes a report every month with the latest SSD benefits statistics numbers.
These reports can help you compare your own Social Security disability payments against the national average. You can also see the number of spouses, children and widowed beneficiaries and average payment amounts for the last month. Below, we’ll explain how the July 2018 SSD benefits statistics report numbers may potentially affect your own claim.
July 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,244,000
Disabled Workers: 8,612,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 122,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,511,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,065.73
Disabled Workers: $1,198.54
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $339.07
Children of Disabled Workers: $367.27
How the July 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
The July 2018 SSD benefits statistics report shows another big drop in total beneficiaries. The SSA struck about 52,000 people off this month’s rolls in the last 30 days. That means 39,000 children, 1,000 spouses and 11,000 disabled workers stopped getting SSD payments.
The SSA reviews each month’s rolls and removes anyone who found work, recently died or filed fraudulent claims. Then, the agency issues the next updated statistical report.
July 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
This month’s report shows the biggest 30-day pay raise since last year’s COLA increase. Average payments for July went up $2.48 compared to last month, with spouses enjoying $1.84 more pay in July. Disabled workers saw a tiny $.10 bump in pay, too. It’s striking that children — the group that lost the most beneficiaries from month to month — lost the most money, too. Their checks lost $1.51 on average compared to June 2018’s pay amount. Still, as fewer people get monthly SSD checks, it may speed up claim processing times for new applicants. So if you’ve put off filing your claim, now’s a great time to apply for Social Security disability!
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
The best way to get paid the most benefits you’re owed faster is to speak with a lawyer. You’re more than 3x more likely to get benefits right away if a lawyer files your paperwork. Anyone struggling to cover rent, gas and groceries will pay nothing to get professional claim help unless you win benefits. And if a lawyer does help you win, then you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee.
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