The June 2018 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is out, and so is our analysis. The SSA publishes a monthly report once every 30 days with updated Social Security claim statistics numbers.
Anyone can use these reports to compare their own Social Security disability payments against the national average. You can also see how spousal, survivor and dependent claim statistics and average payment amounts changed over the past month. Below, we’ll explain how any changes in the June 2018 SSD benefits statistics report could potentially affect your own claim.
June 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,296,000
Disabled Workers: 8,623,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 123,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,550,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,063.25
Disabled Workers: $1,198.44
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $337.23
Children of Disabled Workers: $368.78
How the June 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
The June 2018 SSD benefits statistics report shows a lot less people getting benefits compared to May. In fact, it shows 49,000 beneficiaries removed from this month’s disability rolls! That includes 37,000 children and 11,000 disabled workers that stopped drawing benefits since May.
Spouses stayed flat compared to May, according to the June report. And June’s lower numbers include people who died, found work or reached full retirement age in the last 30 days. The SSA also conducts regular fraud reviews and removes unqualified people from the rolls before releasing the next report.
June 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
The June 2018 SSD benefits statistics report shows a much higher average check amount than May. Average payments rose $2.53 since last month, and disabled workers got a $.28 raise. While spouses got $.78 more in June, children’s checks went down. On average, children of disabled workers got paid $.88 less in June than they did in May. Other than inflation, it’s not clear what causes these average payment amounts to change so much from month to month. However, disability payments have never been higher for those who qualify! It’s a great time for eligible claimants to apply for Social Security disability benefits.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Can you afford to wait a year or longer for your first benefits payment? Nearly 2 in 5 people filing claims make simple mistakes on the application forms. Those basic errors can get your claim automatically denied! Anyone struggling to cover rent, gas and groceries probably can’t afford to wait nearly twice as long to receive benefits.
Luckily, you won’t pay anything to have an experienced lawyer help you apply or file your appeal. In fact, you’ll never pay for professional help at all unless that lawyer helps you win benefits. And if a lawyer does help you win, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee.
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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.