We just got the November 2019 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration, so let’s dive in. You’ll learn how beneficiary numbers and payment amounts nationwide changed during the last 30 days. We analyze these reports so people on disability can compare their checks against everyone else’s. Below, we’ll explain numbers for both programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
November 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 9,956,000
Disabled Workers: 8,405,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 114,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,437,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,104.60
Disabled Workers: $1,237.96
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $356.21
Children of Disabled Workers: $384.12
How the November 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
Much like last month, the November 2019 SSD benefits statistics report shows major losses in most beneficiary categories. Only one group grew larger this month: Children, which added another 2,000 recipients. Spousal beneficiaries stayed flat, as expected. Disabled workers shrank the most, with 13,000 people in that category struck off this month’s payment rolls. Overall, that brings the total number of people receiving SSD benefits this month down by 11,000 beneficiaries since October:
November’s report shows that since January 2019, 189,017 disabled workers and their dependent spouses or children stopped receiving disability payments. When looking just at disabled workers, about 49.5% this month receiving benefits are women, 50.5% are men.
November 2019 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
Shockingly, the November 2019 SSD benefits statistics report shows total average payments were down $.06 month-over-month. This definitely isn’t what we expected to see, especially right before the holidays! Still, all three demographic groups received a modest raise compared to October’s report. Disabled workers received an additional $.22 in this month’s checks. Children’s payments received a $.44 raise month-over-month, while spouses got paid $.66 more in November:
Average monthly SSD payments to disabled-worker men were $1,362.87; women received $1,110.48, for comparison.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Data in the November 2019 Report
Now, let’s review the latest SSI numbers in the November 2019 SSD benefits statistics report. For the second month in a row, total SSI beneficiaries fell significantly. Just like last month, seniors aged 65+ is the only beneficiary category that grew in November. Working-age SSI beneficiaries shrank most, with 10,000 people struck off the rolls during the past 30 days. Here’s how the newest SSI numbers break down:
Total SSI beneficiaries: 8,071,000 (-11,000)
Children under 18 receiving SSI: 1,125,000 (-6,000)
SSI recipients aged 18-64: 4,651,000 (-10,000)
SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,295,000 (+5,000)
The November 2019 SSD benefits statistics report shows the complete opposite trend in payment amounts compared to October. Children younger than 18 received $8.75 more in November’s SSI payments compared to last month. Not everyone was so lucky, though. Working-age SSI beneficiaries received a $.78 pay cut, on average. Those aged 65 and older had the second-largest pay loss, receiving $.73 less than October. Finally, average SSI payments nationwide totaled $.40 more than in October.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Legal assistance from a Social Security attorney doubles your claim’s chances for approval the first time you apply for benefits. All disability lawyers offer free, no-obligation consultations to people with questions about the claim process. They can determine if your situation allows you to skip right to the front of the application line, for example. In many cases, this means you’ll get your first check in a matter of months, not years!
All disability attorneys work on contingency. That means the lawyer cannot charge you any legal fees until after your SSD claim’s approved. In other words, if the SSA says you’re not eligible for benefits, you’ll owe that attorney $0 for legal assistance. And if your case wins, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee.
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