Every month, the SSA (Social Security Administration) releases a statistical snapshot that highlights key metrics in the disability benefits program. These numbers offer both current and future beneficiaries an idea of where disability benefits fall each month and how theirs might compare to the national average. See how December 2016 SSD benefits statistics compare against last month’s program numbers below.
Overview of December 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics
Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,610,000
Disabled Workers: 8,809,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 135,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,667,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,032.25
Disabled Workers: $1,171.15
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $323.98
Children of Disabled Workers: $355.35
December 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Beneficiaries Stats
Between November and December, the program reported a decrease of 13,000 disability beneficiaries. This fluctuation in December 2016 SSD benefits statistics numbers is typical within the program, though, and nothing for potential applicants to worry about. A near-identical drop of 12,000 beneficiaries also occurred from October to November. What’s more interesting is the steady 12-month decline in beneficiaries every single month since January. And remember, this reduction in beneficiaries includes those who passed away, fraudulent claims, and individuals who reentered the workforce in the last 30 days.
December 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
According to the December 2016 SSD benefits statistics report, beneficiaries enjoyed an increase of $3.05 in the monetary average this month. This is the largest jump in monthly monetary average benefits we’ve seen since 2015. And while it may not seem like a significant increase, any additional income can be crucial for beneficiaries during the holiday season. See our chart below for tracking SSD monthly monetary averages paid to disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers and children of disabled workers over the past 12 months.
Seeking Legal Help
If you’re confused by all the paperwork involved with SSD claims, get an advocate or attorney to help you file. Advocates and attorneys understand exactly how the program works and are dedicated to helping qualified individuals secure much-needed benefits. In addition, legal representatives can help collect medical documentation, communicate with the SSA on your behalf, and appeal an unfavorable decision.
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