The June 2019 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is here, so let’s take a look. Our analysis shows how beneficiary numbers and average payments changed in the last 30 days. We review each report so those on disability can compare their monthly payments against the national average. Below, we’ll discuss both the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
June 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,063,000
Disabled Workers: 8,475,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 117,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,470,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,100.98
Disabled Workers: $1,235.90
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $352.42
Children of Disabled Workers: $382.82
How the June 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
Total beneficiaries fell half a percent this month, according to the June 2019 SSD benefits statistics report. The biggest loss this month came from the children’s group, falling by 40,000 beneficiaries. There were 11,000 fewer disabled workers on this month’s rolls, while the spousal beneficiary category stayed flat. If this trend continues, we expect to see the total people getting SSD benefits fall below 10 million very soon! In fact, the beneficiary numbers in the June 2019 SSD benefits report are now at a 10-year low.
In addition, the SSA removes people who died or filed fraudulent claims since last month’s report came out. The SSA also struck anyone from this month’s disability rolls who got well enough to start working again.
June 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
The June 2019 SSD benefits statistics report shows a change in payments compared to the last few months. Total average payments for all beneficiaries increased significantly, rising $2.89 since May. Disabled workers saw the smallest raise, adding another $.41 to this month’s checks. Spousal beneficiaries received $.74 more in June, on average. Unfortunately, children — the category that lost the most beneficiaries — also saw the biggest monetary loss. Children of disabled workers got paid $.95 less compared to last month.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Numbers in the June 2019 Report
Next, let’s look at how SSI recipients fared in the June 2019 SSD benefits statistics report. June’s report lists 8,091,000 total SSI beneficiaries — that’s 8,000 more than last month. However, total SSI benefit payments nationwide went up $.31 month-over-month, averaging $566.88 per person. You can see each SSI beneficiary category by age and average payment amount in our interactive chart below:
Children younger than 18 getting SSI gained another 7,000 beneficiaries since May’s report came out. People aged 65 and older on SSI also grew this month, adding 4,000 new beneficiaries. Only one SSI beneficiary group in the June 2019 SSD benefits report shrank since last month: beneficiaries aged 18-64. That category lost 3,000 beneficiaries since May’s report came out.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Did you know that legal assistance from a Social Security attorney triples your chances for SSD approval? All disability lawyers work on contingency. That means you won’t pay anything for professional claim help now. The latest SSA report shows just 1 in 5 first-time applicants get approved for benefits (21%). About 17.7% of first-time claimants have lawyers helping them file. That means just 3% get approved the first time who apply for SSD on their own!
If your first claim gets denied, it adds at least another year and a half to wait time. In other words, you’ll wait about two years from application date to that first disability payment if your appeal’s approved. That’s why we strongly recommend getting help from a lawyer before you reach the appeals stage. No disability lawyer will take on your case unless they think you’ll qualify for benefits. But if the lawyer does help you and your case wins, 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.