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Is Social Security just for retired workers?

En españolFar from it. While retirees account for about 70 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits, Social Security also makes payments to:

Here are a few more key Social Security stats as of October 2019:

  • Nearly 64 million people are drawing retirement, disability, family or survivor benefits from Social Security, totaling almost $87 billion a month.
  • About 6.3 percent of those beneficiaries are children. Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other program of the federal government. 
  • Nearly 8.1 million people are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), cash assistance to low-income people who are over 65, blind or disabled. SSI is administered but not paid for by the Social Security Administration. 

This article was originally published on October 10, 2018. It was updated with more recent Social Security statistics on November 22, 2019.

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