Who Is Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Today?

by Staff | April 25th, 2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates there are currently more than 10 million Americans unable to perform their job duties due to a work-related illness or injury. These individuals depend on federal assistance programs through the SSA as their resource for income. This figure leaves many wondering what demographics make up the majority of individuals receiving SSD benefits?

Of those who receive SSD payments, only 9.3 million are between ages 18 and 64, which is traditionally considered the working age in the U.S. This means that roughly 4.7 percent of the American working population is receiving SSD benefits.

According to an article from Workers Compensation, this is just a national average, and the distribution rates of SSD benefits around the country vary by state. West Virginia ranks as having the highest rate of disabled workers, while Hawaii had the lowest.

There are varying opinions on why there is such a spread among disability rates between states, but many experts believe that socioeconomic factors play the greatest role in the differences.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand that every individual SSD claim is different and we know what it takes to help you. Call 866-684-7216 to speak with our staff about your claim, today.

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