The March 2019 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is here, so let’s take a look. This monthly snapshot shows how beneficiary numbers and average payment amounts changed in the last 30 days. Anyone on disability can compare their monthly payments against national averages. We’ll explain what the March report’s numbers mean in our analysis below.
March 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,134,000
Disabled Workers: 8,505,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 117,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,512,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,097.39
Disabled Workers: $1,234.74
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $351.09
Children of Disabled Workers: $382.89
How the March 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
Several categories showed fluctuating beneficiary numbers in the March 2019 SSD benefits statistics report. About 3,000 less people total got SSD benefits this month compared to February’s report. Spouses stayed flat for the third month in a row, but the disabled workers category fell by 6,000 beneficiaries. Children gained another 3,000 beneficiaries in the March 2019 SSD benefits statistics report, however, which partially offset those losses.
In addition, the SSA strikes any fraud cases, people who died and those who start working again from the next month’s beneficiary report.
March 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
The March 2019 SSD benefits statistics report shows every single group got a small pay increase this month. The average total monthly benefit amount only rose $.29, though people in each category got paid more. Spouses got the least added to this month’s payments — just $.37 more than February. Children came next, receiving a $.50 raise for March. Disabled workers were the biggest winners, with $.61 more deposited into their accounts than they got last month, on average.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Numbers in the March 2019 Report
Let’s look at how Supplemental Security Income (SSI) numbers changed in the March 2019 SSD benefits statistics report. It showed 8,098,000 total SSI beneficiaries receiving $567.49/month, on average. That’s 14,000 less people getting SSI than in February. However, average SSI benefits rose $1.09 compared to last month. You can see all SSI beneficiaries and average payment amounts for each age range in our chart below:
Let’s look at how Supplemental Security Income (SSI) numbers changed in the March 2019 SSD benefits statistics report. It showed 8,098,000 total SSI beneficiaries receiving $567.49/month, on average. That’s 14,000 less people getting SSI payments than we saw in February. However, average SSI benefits increased $1.09 in March compared to last month. You can see all SSI beneficiaries and average payment amounts for each age range in our chart below:
Compared to February, 8,000 fewer children younger than 18 got SSI payments in March. In the age 18-64 category, we noted 6,000 fewer SSI beneficiaries month-over-month. However, another 2,000 people turned 65 since February’s report, allowing them to qualify for SSI based on their age.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Less than 1 in 5 first-time Social Security disability claimants (17%) have lawyers helping them apply for benefits. But in 2017, that’s also how many got approved on their very first try! Whether you’re filing your application or appealing a denial, you can talk to a Social Security attorney for free. All SSD attorneys work on contingency, so you’ll never pay for legal assistance unless your case wins. And if you do win, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee. It’s the best way to get paid the most benefits you’re owed faster than filing on your own.
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