Social Security Disability Statistics – November 2015

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The November Social Security disability statistics revealed an overall increase in the monthly compensation average. Along with these statistics the snapshot also shows that the number of disability beneficiaries has decreased by about 2,000 recipients. As expected, only small changes have occurred between the months of October and November. Similar changes can be seen in previous statistical updates as well.



Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,813,000

Disabled Workers: 8,916,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 142,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,754,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,022.27

Disabled Workers: $1,165.76
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $318.24
Children of Disabled Workers: $350.25

Diving Deeper Into the Stats

Further statistics reveal that the number of disability beneficiaries is holding strong on a monthly basis. This is great news for potential applicants who may be hesitant about starting the process. In November, the SSA approved over 56,000 people for disability benefits. This was a slight decrease from the 69,670 of people who applied in October, but keep in mind this is a trend that seems to vary each month. The number of disability application filed last month was also down to 166,793 compared to the 232,814 the month before. This decrease is good news for new applicants. The less applications that are tying down the system, the faster a determination may be made.

How a Disability Advocate or Attorney Can Help

If you are thinking about applying for monthly Social Security disability benefits, contact a disability attorney or advocate in your area. Disability advocates or attorneys know the proper procedure to follow when applying. They can also provide you with any assistance you may need. In most cases they will be able to help you collect medical documentation, contact the SSA on your behalf, and appeal your claim if it’s denied.

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