April 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics

April 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics

Every month the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases statistics on the disability benefits program. These statistics give current and future beneficiaries a better understanding of what to expect on a month-to-month basis and allow for a more in-depth look at benefits as a whole. Below we have highlighted some of the significant aspects of the statistics from April 2016 about the total number of beneficiaries and monthly monetary averages.



Overview of April 2016 Statistics

Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,786,000

Disabled Workers: 8,888,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 139,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,760,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,022.55

Disabled Workers: $1,166.13
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $319.97
Children of Disabled Workers: $352.94

Looking Deeper at the Beneficiaries Stats

The April statics reveal only small changes from March. Out of the statistics showed one of the biggest changes lies within the total number of recipients collecting disability benefits. This is where we saw a small increase of 1,000 beneficiaries, most amongst the children of disabled workers. While this figure may not seem significant, it does show that benefits are remaining steady. Here’s is a look at where benefits have fallen over the past 12 months.


Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats

April saw one of the biggest increase in benefits since February 2016. This increase was only $.22, but it can be seen as a positive for future beneficiaries who are considering applying. Knowing what the average is before you apply can give you a better idea of what to expect. Here’s a look at how the monetary statistics have changed over the past 12 months. The average monetary value represents disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers, and children of disabled workers.


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