Social Security Disability Statistics – December 2015

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants you to stay informed. That’s why at the end of each month they release a statistics snapshot to the public. This snapshot gives a brief overview of the Social Security benefit programs. Within it current and future beneficiaries can get a better sense of how disability benefits are being distributed.



Overview of the Stats

Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,806,000

Disabled Workers: 8,909,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 142,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,755,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,022.29

Disabled Workers: $1,165.79
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $318.43
Children of Disabled Workers: $350.77

Looking Deeper At the Stats

The statistics for December remained steady as 2015 came to an end. There was very little difference between the average monthly Social Security disability benefits amount from November to December. A mere $0.02 increase reported. In addition, the number of beneficiaries on the program slightly decreased. These numbers are not outside of the common trend that seemed to fluctuate monthly.

Additional disabled-worker statistics revealed more information about the program. it showed that during December 60,991 applicants were approved for benefits. This number has gone up by 4,675 since November. As previously reported the Q4 (October – December) statistics often show a lower number of claims filed during this time period. This may correlate with the increase in approvals.

How a Disability Advocate or Attorney Can Help

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