Every month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues a report detailing how the disability insurance program’s numbers changed over the previous 30 days. These statistical snapshots provide applicants and current beneficiaries with data that allows them to compare their own checks against national averages. These reports also reveal any emerging statistical trends. Below, see how numbers changed during the last month in our June 2017 SSD benefits statistics review.
June 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Review
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,517,000
Disabled Workers: 8,755,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 132,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,630,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,034.93
Disabled Workers: $1,171.80
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $325.30
Children of Disabled Workers: $357.21
Looking Deeper at How the June 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Impacts Beneficiaries
The June report shows two fairly large numerical shifts compared to what we saw in May. First, the total number of disability recipients fell by 47,000. We can attribute most of that loss to 40,000 children removed from beneficiary rolls. According to the June 2017 SSD benefits statistics report, disabled workers receiving benefits fell by 7,000 total. Included in these changing numbers are recently deceased beneficiaries, fraudulent claims, and individuals who found work since May. Another interesting number in the June 2017 SSD benefits statistics report is the number of beneficiary spouses: 132,000. We’re pointing this one out because it’s remained static every month this year except for January, when it increased slightly to 133,000. This month’s numbers show the most variance month-to-month for 2017 to date, but overall, the disability assistance program’s stability remains sound.
Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
The monetary averages in the June 2017 SSD benefits statistics report don’t seem to correlate with the massive beneficiary reductions listed above. Children of disabled workers received checks for $.81 less than they got in May, which was the largest overall reduction in benefits. Interestingly, spouses saw an average $.63 increase, despite that category’s beneficiary numbers holding steady. You can see SSD monetary averages for disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers and children of disabled workers listed for each of the last 12 months in our chart below.
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