Each month the Social Security Administration (SSA) collects disability program data. This data ranges from the number of claimants to benefit amounts. The SSA wants both current and future beneficiaries to know what these numbers are. That’s why each month, they release a statistical snapshot that show averages that changed during the last 30 days. This not only gives the public a better understanding of where Social Security disability benefits fall during the month, but it also provides insight into the future of the program. Below, we’ll review the January 2016 SSD benefits statistics report.
January 2016: Overview of the Latest SSD Stats
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,794,000
Disabled Workers: 8,899,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 139,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,756,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,022.41
Disabled Workers: $1,165.76
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $319.31
Children of Disabled Workers: $351.55
Looking Deeper into the January 2016 SSD Beneficiary & Payment Stats
The January 2016 benefit amounts were virtually the same as they were back in December. Only small fluctuations can be seen from the previous month, most being small increases of less than a dollar. These numbers can be a good thing for new applicants. While it doesn’t mean they will necessarily be awarded the average amount or even above it, they can rest assured knowing the monthly compensation amount is relatively stable.
In addition to the January 2016 statistical snapshot, we also took a look at the Disabled Workers’ Statistics. These stats revealed that 63,041 new applicants won disability benefits during January 2016. This number is up by 2,050 since December. This upward trend is good news for applicants as well as those in the system waiting for approval.
Can a Disability Advocate or Attorney Help?
The simple answer is yes. Social Security attorneys are trained to help applicants such as yourself sort through the disability application process. Representatives can assist you with collecting appropriate medical records, contacting the SSA, and help you navigate through the appeals process if needed.
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Megan Kelly is a former blogger and copywriter for LeadingResponse.