March 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics

March 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Snapshot

Each month, the Social Security Administration (or SSA) issues a statistical report that covers key changes in disability benefits program metrics that occurred in the last 30 days. These program snapshots can provide current as well as future beneficiaries an idea of the national average monthly disability benefits and how their own might compare. Below, we’ll review how March 2017 SSD benefits statistics looked all across the United States.

Overview of March 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics

Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,580,000

Disabled Workers: 8,778,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 132,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,669,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,032.48

Disabled Workers: $1,171.27
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $324.46
Children of Disabled Workers: $357.30

March 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Beneficiaries Stats

The March report shows more than 10,000 fewer total beneficiaries than were listed in February. There was very little variance in the number of disabled workers, spouses, and children of disabled workers during the past month. Keep in mind that recipients who passed away, fraudulent claims, and individuals who reentered the workforce within the past month are counted in this overall reduction in monthly SSD beneficiaries, which shows the program’s overall stability across the nation.

March 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics - Monthly Beneficiaries

March 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats

According to the March 2017 SSD benefits statistics report, beneficiaries more than regained the $.14 loss from last month. While a $.23 increase may seem relatively small, every penny counts when the monthly bills are due — and many Americans depend on disability to make ends meet. Our chart outlines SSD monetary averages for disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers and their children during the last year.

March 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics - Monthly Monetary Average

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