Want to understand more about the scope of the Social Security program? Here are some basic facts about Social Security and Social Security disability benefits.
Social Security was established in 1935
Today, about 91% of workers work in jobs that have protection from long-term disability. (93% in Ohio).
Disabled workers and their families account for about 19% of Social Security’s total benefits paid.
The Social Security Administration estimates that 1 in 4 20-year-olds will become disabled before they reach retirement age.
Nationwide, Social Security pays more than $17 billion to disabled workers, their dependents, and survivors.
Social Security Disability Facts for Ohio
Overall, about 1 in 6 Ohioans receives benefits from Social Security, getting about $28 billion dollars in compensation, including retirees, disabled workers, and their spouses.
In Ohio, the average benefit from Social Security is $13,130.
There are more than 345,000 disabled workers who receive Social Security disability benefits in Ohio, in addition to more than 70,000 dependents and 6,000 spouses.
The three largest counties for SSDI beneficiaries are:
- Cuyahoga (Cleveland) 38,170
- Franklin (Columbus) 29,655
- Hamilton (Cincinnati) 22,980
Together, these three counties account for about 26% of all Social Security disability benefits recipients.
In Ohio, 32.3% of applications are approved initially, with another11.5% approved on Reconsideration. SSDI-only approval rates are much higher, with 45.5% of applications approved initially.
The Cleveland ODAR has the lowest approval rate, at 37%. The Akron ODAR has the highest approval rate at 50%. Cleveland also has the shortest wait time for a hearing (9 months) and Akron the longest (14 months).
If you want to learn whether you qualify for SSDI benefits or other Social Security programs, please contact a Social Security disability attorney.