The June 2020 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration is out, so let’s review the latest numbers. We’ll explore how disability beneficiary numbers and average monthly benefit amounts changed in the last 30 days. These reports track how the federal government’s disability insurance and welfare programs affect those recipients. This way, anyone currently on disability benefits can compare their amounts with the national average. Our analysis reviews numbers from both federal benefit programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
June 2020 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 9,844,000
Disabled Workers: 8,317,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 111,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,416,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,123.99
Disabled Workers: $1,258.96
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $358.22
Children of Disabled Workers: $391.34
How the June 2020 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
The June 2020 SSD benefits statistics report shows the second-largest drop in total beneficiaries since June 2019. This month, the SSA struck 51,000 SSDI beneficiaries from the active payment rolls. While the disabled workers category lost 14,000 recipients, even more children stopped receiving benefit payments in June. Since last month, the government removed at least 36,000 children of disabled workers from that beneficiary group. As expected, spousal beneficiaries in the June 2020 SSD benefits statistics report showed no changes compared to May:
While these numbers probably seem high to some readers, they represent all SSDI beneficiaries currently in active-payment status. In other words, these aren’t people who just got approved for disability within the last month. Overall, the SSA approved 73,448 new disability claims since May, according to the June 2020 SSD benefits statistics report. That includes 49,320 newly approved disabled workers, 2,404 spousal beneficiaries and 21,724 children. That last category includes 15,983 kids younger than 16 with disabled parents, 1,457 disabled children and 4,284 students aged 17-19.
June 2020 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
The June 2020 SSD benefits statistics report also includes average monthly pay amounts for each recipient group. Those payments fell month-to-month for nearly every category, except the total average nationwide. With a $1.35 pay cut, children’s SSDI benefits saw the biggest average monetary loss for June. Husbands and wives got paid $.86 less, on average, compared to last month. Disabled workers barely saw their average benefit amount shift from May to June with just a $.02 pay cut. On the flip side of these cuts, the average total monthly SSDI payment nationwide increased by $2.30 this month.
Remember, the June 2020 SSD benefits statistics report averages pay amounts for all recipients in each category. This includes people on disability for several years as well as those with recently approved claims. Disabled workers approved in the last 30 days qualified for $1,427.67 in monthly SSDI benefits, on average. Spousal beneficiaries with newly approved claims will receive $371.42/month, while children got $376.46/month, on average. The average man’s SSDI payment each month nationwide is now $1,258.96; for women, it’s $1,131.09.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Data in the June 2020 Report
We’ll now review how SSI benefits changed in the last month, according to the June 2020 SSD benefits statistics report. About 3,000 working-age claimants got approved for SSI since May. The children’s category gained 7,000 new SSI recipients within the last month. However, seniors lost 3,000 total beneficiaries from this month’s rolls compared to May. Overall, these shifts across different demographic groups mean there are now 8,000 more SSI recipients nationwide this month:
Total SSI beneficiaries: 8,056,000 (+8,000)
Children under 18 receiving SSI: 1,131,000 (+7,000)
SSI recipients aged 18-64: 4,628,000 (+3,000)
SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,296,000 (-3,000)
The June 2020 SSD benefits statistics report shows nearly every SSI category got a small pay bump, on average. SSI beneficiaries aged 18-64 received $.81 more in June, with an average monthly benefit of $605.89. SSI payments to seniors over 65 jumped from $465.15 to $467.61 in the last 30 days, a $.46 average increase. Nationwide, the average SSI payment rose $.33 from May ($577.07/month) to June ($577.40/month) across all age categories. Children on SSI saw the month’s only pay cut in benefits, according to the June 2020 SSD benefits statistics report. Those SSI payments fell from $686.41/month in May down to just $683.70/month for June, on average.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Filing your claim through a Social Security attorney triples your disability claim’s approval chances. Because disability lawyers work on contingency, you won’t pay anything now for professional claim help. About 1 in 3 people who receive disability Most people who don’t apply this way wait at least two years to get their first disability payment. Last year, the SSA approved 23% of first-time claimants, 2% on initial appeal (called reconsideration) and 11% on second appeal. Among the 23% approved right away, 17.7% had a lawyer file their claims. That means just 1 in 20 people with claims in 2019 got approved for disability right away without legal assistance!
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