The Social Security Administration publishes a monthly statistical snapshot of the disability benefits program. This monthly report gives future and current beneficiaries a better idea of how their own benefits stack up against the national average. See how claims data and payment amounts changed during the last month in our May 2016 SSD benefits statistics review below.
Overview of May 2016 SSD Benefits 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
May 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: 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 In fact, 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.
May 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: 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.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
When applying for disability benefits you have every right to seek legal assistance from a Social Security attorney. Both advocates and attorneys know the ins and outs of the program and can help you collect proper documentation, check the status of your application, and if necessary appeal an unfavorable decision.
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Megan Kelly is a former blogger and copywriter for LeadingResponse.