Every month the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases a statistical snapshot of the disability benefits program. These statistics provide an inside look at where benefits fall on a monthly basis and can be very beneficial to future applicants who are looking to file. Below is a brief overview of what the statistics looked like for June.
Overview of June 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics
Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,728,000
Disabled Workers: 8,872,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 139,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,716,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,025.20
Disabled Workers: $1,166.33
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $321.26
Children of Disabled Workers: $352.67
June 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Looking Deeper at This Month’s Beneficiaries
From May to June 2016, the disability program saw a decrease of about 52,000 beneficiaries. This is the largest decline that the program has seen in well over a year. While there are no immediate red flags that indicate why the significant decrease in the number of beneficiaries happened, one can assume that it’s part of the typical fluctuation that occurs each month in the program.
As you can see in the chart below, the number of disability beneficiaries has remained steady over the past year. This is a good sign for current and future beneficiaries who will rely on benefits to make ends meet each month.
June 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
As far as monetary statistics are concerned, the disability benefits program saw an increase in the monthly average for the month of June by $2.45. While this increase may not seem significant, it can be an encouraging sign for applicants who have yet to be awarded disability or fight an appeal. The monthly average that is mapped out in the chart below is representative of disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers, and children of disabled workers.
Seeking Legal Help
All disability applicants have the right to seek help from an attorney or advocate. A legal representative can help you with collecting medical documentation, checking the status of your claim, and if necessary can help you with filing an appeal. The best part is that most attorneys and advocates work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if you are awarded benefits.
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