May 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics

May 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Snapshot

Each month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a statistical report showing how the Social Security disability program’s numbers changed within the last 30 days. These reports provide current as well as future assistance recipients a way to compare their own checks to the national average and any statistical trends that emerge over time. We’ll explain exactly how these numbers changed across the United States in our May 2017 SSD benefits statistics overview below.

May 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Snapshot

Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,564,000

Disabled Workers: 8,762,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 132,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,670,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,032.47

Disabled Workers: $1,171.64
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $324.67
Children of Disabled Workers: $358.02

Looking Deeper at How the May 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Impacts Beneficiaries

The May 2017 SSD benefits statistics report shows 12,000 fewer total disability insurance beneficiaries than were listed in April’s report. According to this month’s report, the number of disabled workers receiving benefits fell by 11,000, a thousand children were removed from beneficiary rolls and eligible spouse numbers remained static. Included in these changing beneficiary numbers are any former recipients who passed away, fraudulent claims struck from the total numbers, and individuals who regained employment since last month’s report. In fact, the May 2017 SSD benefits statistics report shows very few changes within the past month and simply reinforces the disability program’s overall stability.

May 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics - Monthly Beneficiaries

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

The May 2017 SSD benefits statistics report shows a one-cent change in the monetary average benefit during the last 30 days. Children of disabled workers enjoyed a $.37 increase, which was the largest change in monetary benefits across the board. The chart below outlines monetary averages for disabled workers, their spouses and their children during the past 12 months.

May 2017 SSD Benefits Statistics - Monthly Monetary Average

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