Each month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a statistical report showing how the Social Security disability program’s numbers changed within the last 30 days. These reports provide current as well as future assistance recipients a way to compare their own checks to the national average and any statistical trends that emerge over time. We’ll explain exactly how these numbers changed across the United States in our May 2017 SSD benefits statistics overview below.
May 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Snapshot
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,564,000
Disabled Workers: 8,762,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 132,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,670,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,032.47
Disabled Workers: $1,171.64
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $324.67
Children of Disabled Workers: $358.02
Looking Deeper at How the May 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Impacts Beneficiaries
The May 2017 SSD benefits statistics report shows 12,000 fewer total disability insurance beneficiaries than were listed in April’s report. According to this month’s report, the number of disabled workers receiving benefits fell by 11,000, a thousand children were removed from beneficiary rolls and eligible spouse numbers remained static. Included in these changing beneficiary numbers are any former recipients who passed away, fraudulent claims struck from the total numbers, and individuals who regained employment since last month’s report. In fact, the May 2017 SSD benefits statistics report shows very few changes within the past month and simply reinforces the disability program’s overall stability.
Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
According to the May 2017 SSD benefits statistics report, there was only a one-cent change in the monetary average benefit compared to April’s numbers. Children of disabled workers enjoyed a $.37 increase in monthly pay, which was the largest change in monetary benefits across the board. The chart below outlines SSD monetary averages paid to disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers and children of disabled workers during the past 12 months.
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Not sure if you’ll qualify for Social Security disability benefits? Getting a free legal consultation from a Social Security attorney or disability advocate is the best way to learn what assistance options from the SSA may be available to you. Legal professionals have a strong record of getting the most disability benefits approved on a faster timeline for eligible applicants. Plus, your legal representative can explain what medical evidence best proves your disability claim, relay status updates and fight for you in court during your appeal if your initial application gets denied.
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