Jonathan Schwabish, of The Urban Institute, put together an article called, “11 Charts about the Social Security Disability Insurance Program.” Each of these charts break down the numbers to show the amount of people currently receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and trends in the characteristics of those receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
The charts included in the article show some revealing statistics about Social Security Disability and those who receive disability benefits:
• In 2013, there were approximately nine million disabled workers on Social Security Disability, nearly SIX TIMES the one-and-one-half million who received benefits in 1970.
• The percentage of people awarded disability within a year has remained flat since 199, despite the increase in the amount of applications, most notably during the latest recession.
• The older you are, the greater your chances for being awarded Social Security Disability: the average age of SSDI beneficiaries is 53.5 years for men and 53.4 years for women.
• Women tend to receive a less benefits than men. More than half of women on Disability received benefits under $1,000 per month, while only about one-third of the total men on Disability received benefits that low.
• People who receive Disability tend to have a much lower average family income than non-beneficiaries. In 2010, almost half of people on disability (younger than forty-nine years old) were in the lowest income group.
• Southern states have a higher percentage of residents on Disability than other states.
• The majority of people on Disability report either mental disorders (Ex. autism) or muscle/bone disorders (Ex. carpal tunnel syndrome).
• Once approved, few actually leave: the number of individuals removed from Disability declined by about forty-four percent from 1970 to 2003; but that trend is shifting. In 2014, the number of people removed from Disability increased by about fifteen percent.
• The number of Disability applications has increased over time, and typically follows the path of the economy. The worse the economy, the greater the number of Disability applications. The amount of applications for Disability typically grows in times of high unemployment. The more the economy improves, the more the number of people applying for Disability will fall.
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