With any large-scale government program, statistics are often a little outdated and sometimes difficult to calculate with accuracy. The Social Security Disability Insurance program is no exception. The most recent annual data available comes from 2012, for instance.
That being said, we can still use SSDI enrollment and other data to track long-term trends, and one interesting trend was recently discovered. According a report issued by a nonprofit group called the National Center for Policy Analysis, the number of women receiving SSD benefits has been growing significantly since the year 2000.
Moreover, the growth trend can be seen as far back as the 1970s. According to the report, women have continued to comprise a larger percentage of disability recipients over time:
- 1970: female recipients accounted for 29 percent
- 2000: female recipients accounted for 43 percent
- 2012: female recipients accounted for 48 percent
The most current numbers seem to more closely reflect the general population. It would be logical to assume that men and women each make up roughly half of the population of SSD recipients.
Unfortunately, women seem to be suffering disability at younger ages than men. According to the report:
- More women between the ages of 30 and 34 were given disability awards in eight of the last 12 years, compared to men in the same age group
- More women ages 36 to 39 received disability awards in six of the last 12 years, compared to men in the same age group
No matter what your gender or age, qualifying and being approved for SSD benefits can be a challenging process. As such, nearly all applicants would benefit from the help of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney.
Source: Newsmax.com, “Study: Record Number of Women Receiving Disability Payments,” Andrea Billups, May 29, 2014