Each month the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases a snapshot that highlights key statistics for the month. These statistics give both current and future beneficiaries a good understanding of where disability benefits compared to the average. Below is a breakdown of what August 2016 SSD benefits statistics looked like throughout the United States.
Overview of August 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics
Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,664,000
Disabled Workers: 8,851,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 137,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,664,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,028.32
Disabled Workers: $1,166.46
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $322.25
Children of Disabled Workers: $351.70
August 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Beneficiaries Stats
August’s statistics revealed a decrease of more than 12,000 disability beneficiaries. Decreases like this are not unusual. There is no clear-cut answer as to why the decrease in beneficiaries occurred, but it’s likely due to normal fluctuations within the program. A similar drop of more than 64,000 beneficiaries was seen in July of this year. It’s important to keep in mind that this decrease is accounting for beneficiaries who are deceased, fraudulent claims, and individuals who re-joined the workforce.
As seen in the graph below, the number of beneficiaries remained steady during the past year. This can be crucial for beneficiaries who have a disability claim pending or are looking to apply for benefits in the future.
August 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
When it comes to monetary statistics, the monthly average that beneficiaries receive increased by $.15 in August. This increase is rather small, but it can be crucial for people who rely on benefits to make ends meet each month. Below we’ve mapped out the monthly monetary averages during the past 12 months. The numbers include disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers, and children of disabled workers.
Seeking Legal Help
When it comes to applying for Social Security Disability benefits, many people rely on the assistance of an advocate or attorney. Advocates and attorneys know the ins and outs of the program and can help qualified individuals secure the benefits they need. In addition, legal representatives are with you every step of the way and can help you with collecting medical documentation, contact the SSA on your behalf, and if necessary help you appeal an unfavorable decision.
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