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Social Security Disability Statistics Show a Decline in Claims

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There's been a lot of publicity about the Social Security Disability (SSD) claims backlog, including posts in this blog. Additionally, many public figures have commented loudly on the growing number of recipients and what they see as the skyrocketing dollar amount of payments. Is this the real story about SSD?

It turns out that those attacking SSD and its beneficiaries haven't taken the time to look at all the facts. What they are reporting seems to be old news. Although the total number of SSD beneficiaries has increased every year since 1998, the number of new applications and awards was down for the second year in 2012.

This is a trend that seems to be continuing into 2013. Both the first and second quarters show decreases in the number of new applications of SSD and the number of awards. Monthly stats show the same phenomenon - the number of new applications and awards declined 10 out of the last 15 months.

The opponents of SSD are not taking all the facts into account when attacking this disability insurance program and its beneficiaries. Yes, the overall number of disabled workers has increased, reflecting the growth in the number of older workers - the baby boom generation. However, the numbers also show that this may already be turning around. With the number of applications for SSD benefits declining, the overall number of recipients will eventually decrease as well.

This information about the most recent SSD statistics was brought to you by Binder & Binder®, America's most successful Social Security Disability advocates. Over the years, we have helped hundreds of thousands of disabled workers obtain the disability benefits they need and deserve. Find out how they can help you, too.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Selected Data from Social Security's Disability Program," 2013.

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