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Is Social Security just for retired workers?

Far from it. While retirees account for more than 72 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) also makes payments to:

Here are a few more key Social Security stats as of September 2021:

  • Some 65.1 million people are drawing retirement, disability, family or survivor benefits from Social Security, totaling $93.7 billion a month.
  • Nearly 3.9 million of those beneficiaries are children. Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other program of the federal government. 
  • About 7.8 million people receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program run by Social Security that provides cash assistance to older, blind and disabled people with very low incomes. Nearly 2.3 million people ages 65 and over receive SSI. 

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Updated October 21, 2021

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