Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Applications Continue to Decrease
Since peaking at 2.9 million in 2010, the number of applicants for SSDI disabled worker benefits has fallen each year.
Title II disabled worker claims numbered 508,355 fewer in 2015 than in 2010, and the first three quarters of 2016 suggest that the decrease will continue. In the first nine months of 2016, there were 57,053 fewer applications than there were in 2015 over the same time period.
What’s more, the number of current beneficiaries receiving Title II disabled worker benefits is also lower than it has been. This can be attributed to fewer claims in general, fewer claims receiving favorable decisions, lengthy processing times, increased numbers of Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs), and higher numbers of SSDI beneficiaries reaching retirement age and becoming old-age benefit recipients.
Currently, there are 8,841,345 SSDI disabled worker beneficiaries (not including auxiliary beneficiaries). Two years ago, there were 8.96 million.
More information is available at https://www.ssa.gov/oact/STATS/dibStat.html