- Social Security disability benefits were paid to just over 10.1 million people.
- In December 2012, payments to disabled beneficiaries totaled about$10.9 billion.
- Disabled workers, as compared to other disabled family members, accounted for the largest share of disabled beneficiaries (87.5 percent).
Released today, the Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012 (http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2012/index.html) contains a wealth of information about the Social Security disability program.
The basic topics covered in the Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012 are:
• beneficiaries in current-payment status
• workers’ compensation and public disability benefits
• benefits awarded, withheld, and terminated
• disabled workers who have returned to work
• outcomes of applications for disability benefits
• disabled beneficiaries receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both
At 190 pages in pdf format, there is probably more to the full report than the casual reader might be interested in but you will likely find at least parts of it that interest you. For example, the section “Beneficiaries in Current-Payment Status” has easy to understand charts showing the number of disabled beneficiaries as a percentage of state population (chart 3) and a comparison of the average monthly benefit amount to men and women for different types of disability benefits (Chart 5).
Much of the data shows national information although overall state demographic data is included with many tables. You can find state information for disabilities by overall diagnostic group and numbers by type of mental disorder.
Do you want to learn about Social Security disability benefits but are not interested in these charts and tables? Go to the disability benefit portion of www.socialsecurity.gov. In particular, the disability planner section has answers to the usual disability questions including benefit requirements and an online application.