August 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Update

August 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

The Social Security Administration (SSA)’s monthly disability statistics report lists any changes in the program’s claim numbers that occurred within the previous 30 days. Applicants and beneficiaries can use these reports to get an idea of how their benefits might compare against the national average. By tracking these reports, we’re able to spot any statistical trends that emerged over the last calendar year. Our update highlights the biggest changes from the August 2017 SSD benefits statistics report below.



August 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Update

Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,457,000

Disabled Workers: 8,742,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 129,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,586,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,037.68

Disabled Workers: $1,171.84
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $326.76
Children of Disabled Workers: $356.16

How the August 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries

We found few notable changes in the August 2017 SSD benefits statistics report compared to the radical shifts we saw in June. Total claimants fell by 9,000, with disabled workers making up 2/3 of that amount. In addition, the August 2017 SSD benefits statistics report listed 2,000 fewer children and 1,000 spouses removed compared to last month’s rolls. This reduction in overall claims also includes deceased beneficiaries, fraudulent claims struck from the list and those who started back to work since we published last month’s update. Comparing the August 2017 SSD benefits statistics report with previous years, we see 343,000 fewer individuals receiving monthly benefits since August 2015.

August 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics - Monthly Beneficiaries

Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats

The biggest winners in the August 2017 SSD benefits statistics report are children, who received a $.42 raise. Spouses lost two cents this month, while disabled workers themselves got a six-cent increase. In August 2015, most SSD checks totaled $1,022; this month’s monetary average is $15.74 more than it was two years ago. It’s also $9.42 more on average than beneficiaries received one year ago this month. We’ve listed average SSD payments for the previous 12 months in the chart below.

August 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics - Monthly Monetary Average

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