The Social Security Administration (SSA) has now released its October 2017 SSD benefits statistics report. This monthly publication highlights any changes to the program’s claim numbers over the last 30 days. These reports help future applicants as well as current beneficiaries compare their checks against the national average. We review each report to identify any relevant statistical trends that appear during the calendar year. Keep reading to see what changed in our report analysis below.
October 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Update
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,450,000
Disabled Workers: 8,736,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 128,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,586,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,037.89
Disabled Workers: $1,171.97
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $327.91
Children of Disabled Workers: $356.77
How the October 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
For the third consecutive month, the October 2017 SSD benefits statistics report showed a significant drop in disability beneficiaries. This month, we noted 6,000 fewer total beneficiaries, while disabled workers fell by 10,000 since September. Spousal beneficiaries stayed the same, but children increased by 4,000 in the last 30 days. These reduced October numbers also include deceased beneficiaries, fraudulent claimants and those who found employment since last month’s report came out.
Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
Much like September, we saw raises across the board for beneficiaries in the October 2017 SSD benefits statistics report. Children of disabled workers saw the biggest jump in average benefits, receiving a $1.29 raise this month. The workers themselves enjoyed the next-largest jump, receiving a $1.19 increase in this month’s checks. Even spouses enjoyed a raise this month, with another $.96 added to their benefits payments. This is good news as we dive into this year’s holiday season, where every extra penny helps to make ends meet.
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