May 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics

May 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics

Each month the Social Security Administration releases a statistical snapshot of the disability benefits program to give future and current beneficiaries a better idea of where benefits fall. These statistics provide an inside look at the program as a whole and show us what shifts may have occurred within the program from the previous month.

Overview of May 2016 Statistics

Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,780,000

Disabled Workers: 8,884,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 139,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,757,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,022.75

Disabled Workers: $1,166.18
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $320.47
Children of Disabled Workers: $353.24

Looking Deeper at the Beneficiaries Stats

The statistics from April to May reveal a small dip of 6,000 beneficiaries. This trend is normal for the disability benefits program and each month we tend to see fluctuations like this within the program. Having a good understanding of the program before you apply can give you a better understanding of what to expect. As you can see in the chart below over the course of the last year the number of beneficiaries within the program has remained steady, which is what future beneficiaries should expect to see when they apply.

Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats

We saw another increase in the average monthly benefit about from April to May of $.20. While this increase may not sound significant, monetary statistics are usually the area that future beneficiaries tend to care about the most and any increase to the average can be seen as a positive thing. Here is a look at where these stats fell for May. The monetary stats account for payments distributed each month to disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers, and children of disabled workers.

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