Every month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues a statistical report noting any changes in its disability benefits program metrics during the last 30 days. These program reports can offer both current and future SSDI beneficiaries a glimpse at national average monthly disability benefits and how their own checks may compare. Below, we’ll take a closer look at how the April 2017 SSD benefits statistics changed since last month’s report came out.
April 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Snapshot
Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,576,000
Disabled Workers: 8,773,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 132,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,671,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,032.46
Disabled Workers: $1,171.64
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $324.44
Children of Disabled Workers: $357.70
Looking Deeper at How the April 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Impacts Beneficiaries
The April 2017 SSD benefits statistics report shows 4,000 fewer total program beneficiaries than we saw in March. This month’s report shows that 5,000 fewer disabled workers qualified for benefits, while another 2,000 children of disabled workers and zero spouses were added to this month’s beneficiary rosters. Of course, these numbers must also account for any recipients who passed away, fraudulent claims, and individuals who reentered the workforce within the past 30 days. For the most part, the program’s numbers are surprisingly stable and still trending progressively downward each month.
Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
According to the April 2017 SSD benefits statistics report, beneficiaries enjoyed a $.37 monetary average increase. While this small monthly boost may not seem like much, every penny counts when you’re trying to make ends meet — and many Americans depend solely on their disability income. The chart below outlines SSD monetary averages paid to disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers and children of disabled workers throughout the past calendar year.
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