Each month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases a snapshot that highlights key statistics for the month. These statistics give current and future beneficiaries a good understanding of where disability benefits fall and how theirs compare against the average. Below is a breakdown of what November 2016 SSD benefits statistics looked like in the United States.
Overview of November 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics
Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,623,000
Disabled Workers: 8,834,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 135,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,666,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,029.20
Disabled Workers: $1,166.51
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $323.02
Children of Disabled Workers: $353.67
November 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Beneficiaries Stats
November’s statistics revealed a decrease of at least 12,000 disability beneficiaries. However, decreases like this aren’t unusual within the program. There is no clear-cut answer as to why this decrease occurred, but it’s likely due to normal fluctuations within the program. In fact, an identical drop of 12,000 beneficiaries was seen in September. It’s important to keep in mind that this decrease accounts for deceased beneficiaries, fraudulent claims, and individuals who rejoined the workforce.
As seen in the graph below, the approximate number of beneficiaries is still declining month-over-month, according to the November 2016 SSD benefits statistics report. This can be crucial for beneficiaries with a pending disability claim or who are looking to apply for benefits in the future.
November 2016 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
When it comes to monetary statistics, the monthly average beneficiaries receive stayed the same from October to November. A steady monetary amount be crucial for people who rely on benefits to make ends meet each month. Below we’ve mapped out the monthly monetary averages during the past 12 months. The November 2016 SSD benefits statistics beneficiary numbers include disabled workers, spouses of disabled workers, and children of disabled workers.
Seeking Legal Help
When it comes to applying for Social Security disability benefits, many people rely on the assistance of an advocate or attorney. Both advocates and attorneys know the ins and outs of the program and can help qualified individuals secure the benefits they need. In addition, legal representatives are with you every step of the way and can help you with collecting medical documentation, contact the SSA on your behalf, and if necessary help you appeal an unfavorable decision.
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