10,988,269: 2013 Closes With Record Number on Disability Getting Highest-Ever Monthly Benefits
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10,988,269: 2013 Closes With Record Number on Disability Getting Highest-Ever Monthly Benefits

10,988,269: 2013 Closes With Record Number on Disability Getting Highest-Ever Monthly Benefits

December 31, 2013 – 10:57 AM

By Terence P. Jeffrey

(CNSNews.com) – The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,988,269 in December, up from the previous record of 10,982,920 set in November, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.300px-Disability_symbols.svg_

The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record of $1,146.43 in December, up from a previous high of $1,130.34 in December of last year.

Spouses of disabled workers also got a record average monthly benefit of $308.13 in December, up from a previous high of $304.31 in August. Children of disabled workers also received a record average monthly benefit of $341.42 in December, up from a previous high of $337.13 in May.

As CNSNews.com reported earlier this month, the number of Americans getting disability benefits now exceeds the entire population of Greece, which is 10,772,967, according to the CIA World Factbook.

The record 10,988,269 total disability beneficiaries in December, included a record 8,942,584 disabled workers (up from 8,941,660 in November), 1,888,624 children of disabled workers, and 157,061 spouses of disabled workers.

When CNSNews.com reported on Dec. 3, 2013 that the number of people taking disability benefits had hit an all-time high as of November, it also incorrectly reported that November was the 202nd straight month that the number of disabled workers in the United States had increased. In fact, November was the 201st straight month that the number of disabled workers in the United States had increased.

The last time the number of disabled workers decreased on a month-to-month basis in the United States was between January and February of 1997, when disabled workers dropped from 4,385,374 to 4,357,251.

Beginning with March 1997, the number of disabled workers in the United States has now increased every month for 202 straight months.

A pamphlet available online from the Social Security Administration explains how the government determines the amount of a person’s disability payment and which members of their family can qualify for additional disability benefits.

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